On this week’s Brexit The Final Countdown podcast, presenter Rebecca Hutson was joined by Express.co.uk Video News Editor Thomas Hunt and Brussels correspondent Joe Barnes. Mr Hunt argued avid Brexiteers Mark Francois and Andrew Bridgen of the Tory party may defect to the Brexit Party if the Conservatives don’t improve their handling of Brexit. He began by saying: “The Lib Dems have managed to sit and do nothing.
“In the perfect way, they have managed to not say a single thing and get votes from others.
“I think that could be the interesting bit.
“If Labour and the Tories go properly pretty much for the extreme of Brexit then the general election becomes pretty much left vs right like old fashion politics.
“If they carry on this fence sitting I think as we approach the general election we would see more movement from parties.
“You would see the likes of Andrew Bridgen and Mark Francois moving across to the Brexit Party.
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“A bit like Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell before with UKIP.
“I think it would happen as we got closer to the general election if things haven’t changed.”
The Brexit: The Final Countdown host then questioned whether any Labour Leave supporters would consider defecting to the Brexit Party in the event of a general election.
She noted that she believed one of the most likely would be Caroline Flint in the event Labour doesn’t change its stance on Brexit.
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Mr Hunt noted his first choice would more likely be Kate Hoey who complimented the Brexit Party during its European elections campaign.
Before the European election results, Mr Bridgen revealed the Brexit Party had attempted to entice him to join them on delivering Brexit.
The staunch Brexiteer explained that he wanted to “fight” for the Conservative Party’s future but noted that it could be beneficial for the two parties to work together in a general election to secure Brexit.
Mr Francois also commended the Brexit Party for their European election success and claimed that they had “absolutely prompted it.”
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