DOMINIC RAAB as he officially enters the leadership race

My plan to deliver Brexit – and save Britain from Corbyn: DOMINIC RAAB speaks to the Mail on Sunday as he officially enters the leadership race

  • Dominic Raab, 45, has announced he will run for the leadership of the Tory party  
  • Former Brexit secretary promised to fight for a fairer Brexit deal by October 31
  • Mr Raab promised to fight for workers, small business, and ease cost of living 
  • He is also plans to protect new mums and dads with parental leave reforms

I was proud to serve in Theresa May’s Cabinet and work alongside her. We didn’t always agree on Brexit, but no one can deny her determination and integrity. She can be immensely proud of her record of service to the country she loves.

The contrast between Theresa May and the self-serving expediency of Jeremy Corbyn is stark. Corbyn has done everything he can to exploit Brexit for narrow political gain.

Last week, voters’ frustration with all the politicians who have failed to keep their promises on Brexit came to a head in the European elections.

We will learn the results tonight, but we can expect a reckoning with voters who feel betrayed – and worse to come, if we don’t heed the warning.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab himself forward to lead the Conservative Party and the UK following Theresa May’s resignation announcement

We can’t live in a country where politicians make promises to respect your vote in a referendum, and then junk them if they don’t like the verdict. 

The country feels stuck in the mud, humiliated by Brussels and incapable of finding a way forward. The Prime Minister has announced her resignation. It’s time for a new direction.

That is why I will put myself forward to lead the Conservative Party and our country. I will fight for a fairer deal on Brexit, a fairer deal for British workers, and a fairer society where every child can fulfil their potential.

To change the dynamic on Brexit will require leadership with conviction, a genuine belief that we can grasp the opportunities of leaving the EU. I believe I have the right plan to deliver Brexit, and honour our promises to voters.

We should keep the arm of friendship extended to our European neighbours. Over the long-term, both sides will want to build a new partnership.

But we must also calmly demonstrate unflinching resolve to leave when the extension to negotiations ends in October – at the latest.

I would prefer that we leave with a deal. There is still time to negotiate changes to the so-called backstop of EU laws, over which currently we would have no say. That is a reasonable, limited request and would work in all sides’ interests.

It is the only solution MPs have approved. But we will not be taken seriously in Brussels unless we are clear that we will walk away on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms, if the EU doesn’t budge.

‘To deliver Brexit successfully will require focus, discipline and resolve. As a former Foreign Office lawyer and Brexit Secretary, I have the experience. And I am the only negotiator who Michel Barnier (right) and Guy Verhofstadt complained pushed Brussels too hard,’ he said

To deliver Brexit successfully will require focus, discipline and resolve. As a former Foreign Office lawyer and Brexit Secretary, I have the experience. And I am the only negotiator who Michel Barnier and Guy Verhofstadt complained pushed Brussels too hard.

I would put together a Cabinet with wide-ranging experience, reflecting different views from across my party.

This team would be united in the need to deliver Brexit by October 31, even if the EU refuses to move its position.

Next, I would bring forward a Brexit Budget, to boost UK businesses through this period of uncertainty. If we are forced by EU stubbornness to leave on WTO terms, we will be able to draw from the £39 billion budgeted for the Brexit deal, to help ease the transition.

We could manage the short-term risks of leaving on WTO terms – not least after another six months to prepare for it.

And, as the Institute for Government observed, it is ‘near impossible’ for MPs to stop a Prime Minister who is determined to leave in this way. I don’t want a WTO departure. 

‘I would put together a Cabinet with wide-ranging experience, reflecting different views from across my party. This team would be united in the need to deliver Brexit by October 31, even if the EU refuses to move its position,’ Mr Raab added

But we must end this debilitating uncertainty – for businesses, and for trust in our democracy. Brexit is only the starting point for the change we need. 

We face the threat of a dangerous hard-Left Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn who threatens jobs, our security, and gives succour to virulent anti-Semitism.

The most potent antidote to Corbyn’s poisonous politics is an optimistic Conservative vision for the future – a fairer deal for Britain.

We need a fairer deal for workers. That means grasping the opportunities of Brexit through a more energetic approach to global free trade – to boost small businesses, stimulate productivity to raise workers’ wages, and ease the cost of living by cutting prices for UK consumers.

Next, we should cut taxes to give workers on low and middle incomes a pay rise, which many haven’t had for years. Raising the threshold for National Insurance to £12,500 and taking 1p off the basic rate of income tax will boost take-home pay for those on low incomes, saving the average worker £640 a year. 

We must also end consumer rip-offs, to deliver a fairer deal on everything from a student’s mobile phone contract to pensioners’ energy bills. And we must build a fairer society – to give the aspirational underdog in our country their shot in life. 

Mr Raab said: ‘We must also end consumer rip-offs, to deliver a fairer deal on everything from a student’s mobile phone contract to pensioners’ energy bills. And we must build a fairer society – to give the aspirational underdog in our country their shot in life’

This is personal to me. My father came here as a refugee aged six with no English. Britain gave him sanctuary and opportunity, through a grammar school education and a great job at Marks & Spencer.

Neither of my parents went to university. Both enjoyed successful careers, bought their own home, raised a family and lived the British dream. Those opportunities have narrowed for young people today.

So we must renew our mission to break those glass ceilings, so every young person gets their chance to be a success, based on their abilities and hard work.

I would revive Young Apprenticeships for 14- to 16-year-olds, and expand degree apprenticeships, like the one offered by Jaguar Land Rover in partnership with Warwick University – giving young people all of the opportunity of university, but without the debt.

We must radically upgrade our ambition for building the homes young people and those on lower incomes can afford – overhauling stamp duty, releasing government- owned land and ramping up the delivery of homes for shared ownership. 

We should also recognise the generational shift in the way young families now work as a team. 

‘Great challenges lie ahead. But they are challenges we can rise to with an optimistic vision for post-Brexit Britain. That’s why I am putting myself forward for the leadership of the Conservative Party,’ he promised

Last week, I was proud to work with Maria Miller, the chairman of Parliament’s Equalities Select Committee, on plans to protect new mums who return to work from losing their job.

We are also pressing for paternity leave reform. With two sons, aged six and four, I know how precious this can be. 

Paternity leave helps us dads bond with our children, and nurture a team ethic with our partners – one of the best ways to build more resilient families.

And giving dads more opportunity to take on childcare responsibilities helps working mums to pursue their careers. It’s about empowering couples by giving them more choice.

The next generation also cares passionately about the environment. The Luddite Labour Party won’t come up with credible solutions to climate change.

So Conservatives must harness the power of innovation and technology to reinforce UK energy policy so that it makes environmental and economic sense.

Great challenges lie ahead. But they are challenges we can rise to with an optimistic vision for post-Brexit Britain.

That’s why I am putting myself forward for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

That’s why I am fighting for a fairer deal for Britain – a fairer deal for workers, a fairer society, and a fairer deal from the EU.

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