Health secretary Matt Hancock said calling a public poll before Britain has unshackled itself from the EU would be a “disaster” for Brexit and could propel Jeremy Corbyn to power. Mr Hancock’s comments came as Boris Johnson emerged as the clear frontrunner to replace Theresa May as prime minister, with one survey giving him 39 percent of the vote compared to Mr Hancock’s 1 percent. Mr Hancock, 40, told The Daily Telegraph: “I think a general election before we’ve delivered Brexit would be a disaster.
“People don’t want it. I’m with Brenda from Bristol. We need to take responsibility for delivering on the referendum result.
“Who knows what the outcome of a general election would be under these circumstances? A general election before that not only risks Jeremy Corbyn, but it risks killing Brexit altogether.
“We’ve got to deliver Brexit in this parliament, then we can move forward.”
Remainer Mr Hancock said the Conservatives must deliver the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum before going back to the public.
On Thursday leading Brexiteer Mr Johnson confirmed he will run in the upcoming contest for Tory leadership.
The former foreign secretary quit the Cabinet last year in protest over the terms of Mrs May’s Brexit deal.
Conservative party member – who will have the final say on who is the next leader – overwhelmingly backed Mr Johnson in a YouGov poll for The Times.
Ex-Brexit secretary Dominic Raab trailed behind on 13 percent, coming in at second place, while Sajid Javid and Michael Gove were both on 9 percent.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt got 8 percent of the vote while Mr Hancock scored just 1 percent.
This week Mrs May caved in to pressure and agreed to set out a timetable for her departure after the next Brexit vote in early June.
If the Prime Minister loses the vote on her deal, which has been shot down by MPs three times, sources told the BBC Mrs May would step down.
After surviving a confidence vote by Conservative MPs last December, Mrs May cannot be challenged again until the end of the year.
Cross-party Brexit talks were left in tatters this week, with the government and Labour seeking to place the blame on each other.