Liam Fox admitted he felt voters were right to feel frustrated over taking part in the elections on May 23, when the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016. He added he understood why people were now enticed by the Brexit Party, which only formed earlier this year.
Nigel Farage’s new party say they are “fighting back against failing MPs” who have not yet helped to deliver Brexit.
Mr Fox said to The Sun: “Do I sympathise with voters who are being asked to go out and vote for a candidate?
“Or an institute they already voted to leave and who may never actually take their seats, well, who isn’t going to sympathise?”
Former Conservative chief whip Mark Harper also agreed with Tory voters being swayed by Mr Farage.
He said in an interview with the House magazine: “I can completely understand why people who have voted for us regularly might not vote for us.”
He also believes the Tories could be heading for their worst result in a national election.
Mr Harper said: “The reason why they’ve got some traction is basically we made a clear promise to people and we haven’t delivered it.”
Mr Fox also his International Trade Department are to step up no deal preparations this week.
Mr Fox said: “There’s this view that Parliament can’t allow no deal to happen.
“But the European Union may decide that it’s had enough of us come October and no deal would happen.
“So it’s only responsible for us to maintain the preparations for a no deal exit until or some time we achieve something else.”
Meanwhile, Mr Farage said what a Brexit Party victory would mean earlier today.
He said: “It puts a no deal Brexit back on the table.
“Parliament has taken it off the table. Our voters say ‘put it back on the table’ and, if we win, we will demand representation, with the Government, at the next stage of negotiations.
“We have deadline now of October 31 and we want to make sure, our voters want to make sure, that, actually, no deal is being seriously thought-about.”