The former special adviser to David Davis has said Conservative MPs risk “blowing up” their careers if they support Jeremy Corbyn’s new calls to become interim Prime Minister.
It comes after the Labour leader wrote to opposition leaders and anti-Brexit Tories outlining proposals to table a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson and temporarily take over as PM to stop a no-deal Brexit.
Stewart Jackson told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that if Conservatives approached by Mr Corbyn backed the move, “they would blow up their career” without being certain of preventing a no deal withdrawal.
“They’d be blowing up a Conservative government, they’d be repudiating Boris Johnson’s mandate with party membership and they’d be ripping up their own election manifesto,” he said.
He went on to accuse those promoting an extension of the Brexit deadline of being “democracy deniers, constantly pushing back on our exit from the EU on the basis that something will turn up and it won’t.”
Meanwhile Dominic Grieve, who was contacted by Mr Corbyn, has not ruled out the proposition.
He told Julia that he was going to “consult with colleagues and reply in due course".
The Tory MP for Beaconsfield said the plan was a “sensible basis for further discussions” but did not solve the Brexit issue.
In his view, the government needs to “bring some closure and finality to the Brexit debate in a way that allows the public to express a view on it,” adding that a general election “doesn’t necessarily resolve that”.