Published On: Sun, Jun 16th, 2019

Dominic Raab and Gove CLASH over no deal Brexit in Tory leadership TV debate | Politics | News

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Five of the leadership candidates have appeared before a studio audience and began answering questions on how they would defeat Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Boris Johnson is a notable absentee. But Mr Raab, who quit as Brexit Secretary last year in opposition to Theresa May’s Brexit deal – clashed with Environment Secretary Mr Gove over Britain possibly leaving the EU on October 31 without an agreement.

The Environment Secretary said he believed he can deliver a Brexit which strengthens British democracy. 

Addressing the former Brexit Secretary, he said: “We cannot leave unless Parliament votes for it.”

Mr Gove added a no deal Brexit would not be pushed through “against the will of Parliament”.

Mr Raab insisted Britain “can managed those risks” that comes with a no deal Brexir and World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

He said: “I don’t want no deal, I want to give ourselves the best shot of getting a deal.”

The former Brexit Secretary added he would put together an early budget if he came the next Prime minister.

The Tory leadership hopefuls were asked how they can consider the Conservative the party of business but still opt for a no deal.

Mr Hunt was quick to ask “where is Boris? and questioned how the favourite to be the next Prime Minister could negotiate with Brussels if he is not even present for the TV debate.

He said: “If when it comes to October 31 the only way to deliver Brexit is to leave without a deal then I’m out, because we must deliver on our democratic promise.

The Foreign Secretary added he would not leave with no deal if an agreement was “almost there”.

Mr Gove was also quick to outline his credentials.

He said: ”I am the candidate who can secure a deal.”

This is a breaking story. More to follow.

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