Dominic Raab has warned MPs they will be unable to stop him carrying out a crash-out Brexit if he wins the Tory leadership race, vowing to be “resolute”.
The hardline Brexiteer sought to outflank Boris Johnson by arguing it would be “very difficult” for the Commons to pass a law to block a no-deal departure on Halloween night – the current deadline.
Giving his first interview since entering the contest, Mr Raab ruled out a further Article 50 delay, vowing: “I will not ask for an extension.”
And he added: “It’s very difficult for parliament now to legislate against a no-deal, or in favour of a further extension, unless a resolute prime minister is willing to acquiesce in that – and I would not.”
Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s shadow attorney general, said the comments were “terrifying”, adding: “It will be terrifying for a lot of viewers at home.”