Ashley Fox was speaking as polls suggested the Brexit Party, founded by Mr Farage in January, was surging ahead on the vote on May 23, with some activists privately concerned the Tories could even poll less than ten percent.
And he stressed his determination to do everything possible to maximise turnout and ensure a respectable showing for the Tories – while explaining most of the campaigning would be done via social media. Mr Fox told Express.co.uk: “These elections are important, not least because for example the Liberal Democrats, Change UK and the Greens all want to reverse the result.
“A vote for the Conservatives says you want to honour the result and that you understand it has to be done in the right way, in a democratic manner.”
Mr Fox was scathing about fellow MEP Mr Farage in the wake of opinion polls suggesting the Brexit Party was in first place in terms of the voting intentions for the European elections.
He added: “Mr Farage has no MPs to answer to, he just shouts from the sidelines.“Yes Britain voted to leave, but that doesn’t mean leave now, immediately.”
As for the possible threat to Tory support, Mr Fox said: “When I look at these polls, these are very volatile times“His party has only existed for a couple of month so who knows how his support will hold up?”
Mr Fox, who backed Remain three years ago, also accused Labour Party MPs of “hypocrisy” in refusing to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal despite leader Jeremy Corbyn having agreed to respect the result of the 2016 referendum. He added: “I would prefer it if we had left already and that these elections did not have to be fought.
Gardiner, who is among those on the Labour frontbench most sceptical about the idea of a second referendum, criticised the former prime minister Tony Blair for recommending in an Observer opinion piece that voters could opt for anti-Brexit parties in the European elections on 23 May.
“People in this country are angry, they’re angry that the referendum result has not been delivered on by a incompetent government,” Gardiner told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday show, pointing to polls indicating major support for the Brexit party.
“And there’s a protest that is being signalled by those figures, 34% saying they would go for the Brexit party. There’s no policies in this party, just one.” Farage has argued the UK must leave the EU without a deal. Gardiner accused the former Ukip leader of seeking to “redefine what the referendum was about”, saying: “The referendum was about leaving the EU. At that time, there was no talk of no deal, there was no talk of going onto WTO terms.”
Asked if his views showed Labour was now an officially pro-Brexit party, Gardiner said the bulk of its MPs had backed remain in 2016. “But when that referendum came in, we said, ‘Look, we made you a promise that what you decided is what we would do’,” he said.