LONDON — The former chief of staff to Brexit secretary David Davis has said that the Conservative Party “won’t get a majority again” because of the way it has handled Brexit.
James Chapman, who left his role as chief of staff in the Department for Exiting the EU before the June general election said on Friday morning: “The Conservative brand has been damaged to such an extent it won’t get a majority again.”
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Chapman said that the effects of hard Brexit would “make black Wednesday look like a picnic” and “when that happens the Conservatives will never be in power again.”
Despite his past allegiance to the Tory party, he has called for a new political party to be set up called the “democrats” to fill the “gap in the centre of British politics” and to reverse Brexit.
Chapman claimed in his interview that two cabinet ministers, former ministers and a number of shadow cabinet ministers had contacted him offering support for his ideas.
Chapman also used to work as former Chancellor George Osborne’s director of communications and was political editor of the Daily Mail newspaper, but said: “I haven’t spoken to George [Osborne] about this.”
His campaign for a new party began on Tuesday when he tweeted:
He also tweeted saying Boris Johnson and other Brexit campaigners should be jailed for claiming that there would be £350 million extra available for the NHS after the UK left the European Union.
Chapman said: “Let’s be honest, if we had an effective electoral law leading Brexiteers would now be in jail. #wheresmy350maweekboris.”
The Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said on Wednesday: “David Davis needs to take the advice of his former Chief of Staff, even his allies can see he is messing up and putting the UK on a path to ruin. “
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