Conservative peer Nigel Lawson has described Theresa May as the “most incompetent prime minister in living memory” amid reports that cabinet ministers are planning a “coup” to oust her as leader.
Lord Lawson told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “She has a better chance of getting her deal through if she says that immediately afterwards she will depart.
“Since she does think that her deal is in the national interest, she should act accordingly.
“She is trying her best but she is the most incompetent prime minister within living memory.
“It would not be a tragedy for her to depart. I think there would be a purpose to it if it would enable her to get her deal through.”
Lord Lawson added that he wanted Mrs May’s agreement to pass because otherwise he “fears there will be no Brexit at all”.
He added: “Realistically, it is the lesser evil because I don’t think a clean break is an option.”
A second referendum would tell voters “they got the wrong answer” during the 2016 EU vote, suggested Lord Lawson,
On Saturday, the People's Vote campaign said over one million people marched through London calling for a second referendum on Brexit.
“I think it would be a disgraceful precedent for the referendum to be brushed aside and say to voters that they got the wrong answer and have to do it again,” he said.
“We are in very unfortunate territory.”