Uncertainty about the date of leaving the European Union is more damaging than a no-deal Brexit, the new deputy chairman of the Conservative Party has said.
Paul Scully, who was appointed deputy chairman by Boris Johnson, also said that it was unlikely that Boris Johnson will call a general election before the UK is expected to leave the European Union on Oct 31.
He told today's Chopper's Brexit Podcast: "I think the uncertainty is really damaging and in many ways it is [more damaging than no deal].
"This is when you get people talking about second referendum, people who are talking about general elections - all they’re actually doing is trying to unpick the referendum in the first place and trying to perpetuate uncertainty... People in this country want a sense of direction."
On an early election he added: "I just don’t believe we need an election before October 31st. Boris has been pretty clear about that as well.
"The parliamentary arithmetic is clearly difficult but nonetheless, we need the EU to be more flexible.
"We can’t have the anti-democratic backstop that has failed in a vote three times, we can’t be perpetual rule-takers as a country, so we need to get the EU to show that flexibility.
"If there’s something stopping us by October 31st it’ll be because the EU hasn’t wanted to negotiate or the Labour Party have failed to vote for a deal."
Also on the podcast, Labour peer Lord Adonis said: "Labour is a Remain party. Our members are overwhelmingly Remain, our Members of Parliament are overwhelmingly Remain.
"Jeremy [Corbyn] is, I should say, 50.1 per cent now - that’s where we’ve got him to which is a great advance, and I’m absolutely confident that if we have this early election or the referendum that Labour’s policy will be unequivocally in support of Remain.
"I believe that Brexit would be the worst mistake we make as a country in a generation. I think it would impoverish us as a country.
"I think it would deny the next generation the opportunities that they deserve to be able to forge careers and relationships across Europe and I think it will weaken Britain’s influence in the world.
"And because I don’t do things by halves, I have made this my big issue."
Also appearing on the podcast Martin Baxter, from Electoral Calculus, forecast that the Tories would end up the biggest party after a snap election, but short of an overall majority.