He asserted on BBC Question Time that attempts to “frustrate Brexit” are nothing short of an “establishment stitch-up”. Mr Raab added that the UK must leave the EU on March 29 and was created by rapturous applause from the audience. The Tory MP was Brexit Secretary from June to November last year, before resigning over Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Mr Raab said: “What you’ve presented is: Are we going to effectively be put into the position of ‘it’s either a bad deal or no Brexit’?
“And frankly, I think if there’s that much of an establishment stitch-up to try and frustrate the process of Brexit there will be a day of reckoning with the voters.
“Because I think the one thing that people expect to get done and dusted on March 29.”
At this point the audience cut him off applauding his comment.
Mr Raab then added: “And for all the politicians who promised to respect the democratic verdict in this referendum to keep their promises.
“I think woe betide those at the next General Election who don’t.”
He added that he does not believe the Prime Minister’s deal delivers what the country voted for.
He said he did not support her deal because the backstop would mean the UK is “bound” in a customs union with no control over the rules and no means of exiting.
He argued: “No democratic country in history has signed up to that.”
Question Time host Fiona Bruce asked him whether he took any responsibility for the “mess” we are in, given he was Brexit Secretary for some months.
He said he “put his hand up” after Chequers last summer and tried his “level best” to obtain changes to the backstop.
However, when it came to it, he said: “I could not in good conscience walk this over the line.”