The chairman of Leave Means Leave has said he thinks Jeremy Corbyn could win the next election if the Conservaties don't deliver their "Brexit promises".
Speaking to James Whale on talkRADIO, John Longworth said the Conservative party would “betray the electorate” if they pressed on with Mrs May’s deal, and predicted that it wouldn't get through parliament.
“The truth of the matter is, the thin lady Mrs May will be gone in the not too distant future because her deal will be voted down, and quite rightly too,” he said. “Which means we’re heading for a no deal exit, and if we can get an orderly exit that would be good, if it’s no deal, no problem.
“We will have a better economy in the long run, the short term disruption is worth every penny of the long term.”
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“So what you’re looking forward to in ten years is Jeremy Corbyn in power with the Labour party?” Whale responded.
“No, Jeremy Corbyn’s behind in the polls anyway,” said Longworth.
“But if the Conservative party don’t deliver the Brexit promise in their manifesto, and that has been repeated ever since, that’s the best way of making sure Jeremy Corbyn will win the next election. They’ll have betrayed the electorate.”
Mr Corbyn has criticised Mrs May's deal, calling it "26 pages of waffle".
'People don't want to leave the EU'
Polls show a shift in opinion slightly towards Remain over the previous month. Image: WhatUKThinks
Whale, a staunch Remainer, was unconvinced, saying that if another referendum was to be held, he anticipated a swing to the Remain side.
“They haven’t betrayed the electorate, the vast majority of people in the UK don’t want to leave the EU,” he said.
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“You run it again now [the referendum] and you will find a lot of people who were not old enough to vote then would be voting and would vote to stay in. It’s going to cost us dear, it’s going to cost a lot of jobs. It is going to ruin the economy.”
Polls show a shift towards Remain, with YouGov, Kantar and Comres all showing a slim majority wanting to stay in the EU.
Longworth disputed that there would be adverse economic effects from leaving, as the Bank of England and the government itself has warned.
Analysis released on Wednesday by the government estimated that the economy could shrink by 3.9% over the following 15 years under Mrs May’s plan, and by 9.3% if there was no deal.