All three main political parties say they are ready if there is a snap election over Brexit.

A snap election is one called earlier than expected or required and is usually used to capitalise on an opportunity or to decide a pressing issue.

In recent weeks, many people have predicted a snap election either before or after the UK is due to leave the EU on October 31, with many claiming Prime Minister Boris Johnson of trying to provoke opposition parties into a vote of no confidence in the Government.

Geoff Seeff is the Liberal Democrat PPC Chingford and Woodford Green.

He said: “The nation has been polarised and Parliament paralysed since the ill-conceived and mismanaged referendum took place.

“The Tory party is in complete meltdown, with more positions on Brexit than the Karma Sutra. When a former deputy prime minister votes Lib Dem, a former cabinet minister foretells his party’s extinction and former senior figures join other parties, you know they are in deep trouble.

“Iain Duncan Smith would recklessly take the UK over the precipice of no deal but constituents realise that it would be they who would suffer the consequences and not him.”

In response, Iain Duncan Smith, the current MP for Chingford and Woodford Green said: “The Liberal Democrats called publicly for an in/out referendum in 2008. Now, they are going to dismiss the leave vote altogether; in an act of sheer hypocrisy, they plan to revoke Article 50 and stay in the EU.

“A party that calls itself liberal and democratic has decided to act as illiberal autocrats by dismissing the vote of 17.4 million people. Worse, their own leader said even if there was another referendum which the British voted to leave they would not accept the result. They are neither Liberal nor Democratic.

“The erosion of our independence in the UK has left too many in the establishment with confused loyalties. This leads democrats to be undemocratic and liberals to seek to crush dissent.

“In the UK the people are sovereign, not politicians. It would serve us all well to remember, when people vote to direct us in a democratic process, we are bound to deliver on that instruction, which is what the Conservatives and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to do: deliver Brexit by October 31.

“It’s clear; it is now Parliament and the establishment versus the people. Boris represents the people in the struggle to leave the EU. Labour and Liberal Democrats want to break their promise to the British people and destroy Brexit. I pledge to stop that happening.”

Labour PPC for Chingford and Woodford Green Faiza Shaheen also put forward her opinion on a snap election.

She said: “I agree that we need to get the Conservatives out of government and unseat Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford & Woodford Green - that’s why people must vote for Labour.

“In our constituency, the Liberal Democrats got only four per cent of the vote in 2017; the Labour Party got 44 per cent. The choice here is simple; it’s either me or Iain Duncan Smith.

“Those who want to remain want a second referendum or who care about our local public services must vote for myself or risk keeping Iain Duncan Smith and the atrocious Boris Johnson in place.”