The MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham’s comments followed Government confirmation the UK will participate in UK European elections after Brexit talks remained deadlocked. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman David Lidington says the delay had come “regrettably” but hoped it would be “as short as possible”. But Mr Kaczynski, a strong advocate of Brexit, told Emma Barnett on Radio 5 Live he believed another vote may soon be “the only option” left. Speaking about what would happen if the Commons cannot reach agreement, he said: “If we cannot do this, if this is beyond us, and if we fail, then another referendum is inevitable.
“If we fail, if there can be no compromise between the parties, I can actually see then the logic, and other people will be demanding another referendum.
“And those like me who have genuine concerns about what will happen to our society if we go through this process again, we will lose that debate over the referendum, because it will be the only option then left available to try to break the gridlock that we’ve entered into.”
The Polish-born Conservative warned Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hardline European Research Group (ERG) even risked being blamed for a possible second referendum.
He continued: “And it will be the fault of these people in the Conservative party – in the ERG [European Research Group], and others – who refuse to compromise.
“I can’t begin to explain how worried and angry I am at their lack of being able to compromise and listen to what their constituents have to say.”
Daily Mirror Political Editor Pippa Crerar, citing Mr Kaczynski’s interview, said she had seen several other Brexiteers wavering on a second referendum.
She tweeted: “Shifting sands? I’ve spoken to several Brexiteers in the last few weeks who think that a second referendum may now happen – and aren’t entirely unhappy about it.
“After all, presumably it’s a way of getting the no deal Brexit they desire.”
Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer also admitted a second referendum is still “on the agenda” as he talked about the latest negotiations.
Mr Starmer said talks were at “crunch time, where the government has got to decide whether it is serious about significant changes capable of actually delivering a majority in the House of Commons”.
A second referendum has been looking increasingly likely after the Liberal Democrats saw a comeback at last week’s local elections.
The pro-EU party gained 703 seats, swelling its ranks to 1,350 councillors.
The Liberal Democrats has positioned itself as the party dedicated to offering a second referendum on Brexit.