Former Conservative MP and Minister Ann Widdecombe has warned the major political parties that the days of the two-party system at Westminster could be numbered after her new party, the Brexit Party, took seats across Britain in the European elections and topped the polls.
Ms Widdecombe, a committed and high-profile Catholic, was elected for the Brexit Party as an MEP in the South West of England as the Conservatives and Labour suffered a series of heavy blows.
“I am very pleased to have been elected, not for me, but the Brexit Party,” she said. “We’ve only been around six weeks and we’ve topped the polls decisively. There was only one reason ever to vote for the Brexit Party and that was to get Brexit.”
She added: “The nation has sent another message to Westminster, which says very clearly, ‘We want to leave’.
“We did that in 2016 and we are telling you again. My message to Westminster is, ‘Get us Brexit by 31st October or face what we have done tonight in a General Election’.”
She also issued a warning to whoever takes over from Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party: “Whoever is the next Prime Minister has got to give us a clear, firm, undisputed Brexit. That is their mission; any PM who does not deliver that is going to kill off the Conservative Party.
“It is a miserable business watching today’s Conservative Party. I can’t look at that, that is their problem. What I have got to look at is delivering Brexit – the will of the British people.
“That is this party’s mission and that is what we are going to accomplish. I cannot waste time worrying about what the other parties are doing.”
On the two-party system she added: “I am not yet ready to say this is definitely the end but if they don’t deliver Brexit I genuinely believe it is the end.
“I am not fearful now that Brexit won’t happen, I would have been a couple of months ago, particularly when Mrs May was offering every last concession to Labour.
“But that abject surrender failed and so I am now confident that the message of these elections should at last focus minds in Westminster.”
Picture: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and Ann Widdecombe (centre) during a post election press conference at Carlton House Terrace in London. (Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment).