“If we have an election before we have left the European Union and the Brexit Party think that we’re heading in a direction which does not deliver our independence from the EU then they will stand candidates virtually everywhere and the result will be as per Peterborough and in Wales, they will result in a Lib/Lab Remain coalition, we will lose Brexit.”

It is hard to fault Mr. Baker’s logic but the stumbling block may well be whether Mr. Johnson will be prepared to explicitly endorse a WTO Brexit – up to this point he has said it is his priority to seek a deal with Brussels.