Former Tory Chairman Says It Would Be A ‘Disaster’ If Boris Johnson Wins Next Election

Former Tory leader Lord Patten has said a victory for Boris Johnson in the next general election would be a “disaster”.

The party grandee, who served under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, also warned the UK could fall apart if the Prime Minister remains in Number 10.

Appearing on LBC, he said Johnson leads an “English nationalist” government rather than a Conservative one.

He added: “To me the Conservatives, unless they change very radically, winning the next election would be a disaster for them and the rest of us because I don’t think we have a Conservative government right now… and such you cannot trust.”

Lord Patten, who was also the last British governor of Hong Kong, said a second term for the Prime Minister would “speed up the dissolution of the union” because of his treatment of Northern Ireland and his unpopularity in Scotland.

He said: “You want to disband the union you are sending Boris Johnson to Scotland.”

The veteran politician added: “I think it’s probably a threat considering how the Northern Ireland Protocol is being played, a horrible fast and loose game of the most important peace deal this country has achieved over Northern Ireland in years.

“I think we are talking about the possible dissolution of the union in these circumstances.”

Asked what result he would like to see after the next election, Lord Patten said he would “probably prefer a coalition that keeps the union together”.

It is not the first time that the staunch Remainer has made his dissatisfaction with the prime minister clear.

In February he described him as a “moral vacuum” now in his “final act” as prime minister. Former Tory Chairman Says It Would Be A ‘Disaster’ If Boris Johnson Wins Next Election

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