Charles Walker, the acting chair of the 1922 Committee, the group of Tory Commons back backbenchers who oversee leadership election made the claim on BBC Newsnight on Monday night. Mr Walker told Emily Maitlis: “There’s a real fundamental problem here: The Labour Party, the Labour Party, her Majesty’s Opposition has repeatedly said they wanted a deal and yet at three times of asking they’ve voted against a deal.” Despite his attack on Labour, Mr Walker admitted none of the main parties were in a good place.
Mr Walker explained: “This is not a good place for any party to be, by the way most of the main political parties are in this place at the moment.
“Brexit has put a huge pressure on the infrastructures way of doing business and how they relate with each other within parties.
“We’ve got a big problem.”
Although admitting that all the major parties are in deep trouble, Mr Walker provided a simple solution to the current Brexit impasse.
He added: “Either leave with a deal or get out without a deal on October 31st I think the British public are desperate for us to get on with it and bring it to a conclusion.”
All three Theresa May attempts to pass through her withdrawal agreement were defeated by the House of Commons.
The first vote was defeated 432 to 202 with one abstention, not including the Speaker, Deputy Speakers, tellers and Sinn Fein MPs on January 15.
The Government won the vote of no confidence by 19 votes the following day.
Amid a plot to block a no deal Brexit, Mr Johnson remained defiant in his pursuit of delivering Brexit while also insisting that he would not call a snap election.
He said on Monday: “I want everybody to know – there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay.
“We are leaving on 31 October, no ifs or buts.”
Mr Walker was elected MP for Broxborne in 2005.
In October 2012, he became chairman of the Procedure Committee, which decides the process of how a new Speaker is elected.
Mr Walker voted against William Hague and Michael Gove’s attempts to remove John Bercow from the Speakership saying in the Commons: “I have been played as a fool and when I go home tonight I will look in the mirror and see an honourable fool looking back at me, and I would much rather be an honourable fool in this, and any other matter, than a clever man.
“How you treat people in this place is important. This week I went to the leader of the house’s (Mr Hague) leaving drinks.
“I went into his private office and was passed by the deputy leader of house yesterday, all of whom would have been aware of what they were proposing to do.
“I also had a number of friendly chats with our chief whip yesterday and yet I found out last night that this leader of the house is bringing forward my report.”
Published at Tue, 03 Sep 2019 04:02:00 +0000