Seven times Dominic Raab proved he’s a Brextremist - People's Vote

Seven times Dominic Raab proved he’s a Brextremist

The People’s Vote campaign have highlighted seven things Dominic Raab has said that show he is on the most hard-line wing of the Conservative Party when it comes to Brexit.

He did also once argue that a narrow result in the Brexit referendum would leave open the option of a future People’s Vote, though!

Dominic Raab has previously:

1. Said Britain “will thrive” if we leave with no deal:

“In the worst-case scenario, we would face the EU’s external tariff, which averages 3.6%, rising to 10% on cars and 32% on wine…. Even on the worst-case scenario, Britain will thrive outside the EU.”[1]
Dominic Raab, 10 October 2016


2. Said he would be happy to see tariffs and friction in our trade with the EU:

“[The UK will get] pretty close to tariff-free trade, maybe slightly less free access than the current status quo.”[2]
Dominic Raab, 15 September 2016


3. Advocated scrapping EU-derived workers’ rights:

“Britain should secure a total opt-out from the Working Time Directive and scrap the UK regulations, ensuring that this costly, anti-jobs legislation cannot cause further damage to the economy.”[3]

Dominic Raab, 3 November 2011

“Scrap the Agency Worker Regulations that will cost jobs and deny workers flexibility.”[4]

Dominic Raab, 16 November 2011


4. Suggested that Brexit would mean the end of the Common Travel Area with Ireland:

“If you’re worried about border controls and security . . . you couldn’t leave a back door without some kind, either of checks there with any country or assurances in relation to the checks that they’re conducting, obviously.”[5]

Dominic Raab, 11 April 2016


5. Made scaremongering claims about Turkey joining the EU:

And they [immigration numbers] will increase further with Turkey and four low-income Balkan states being lined up for EU membership.”[6]
Dominic Raab, 8 June 2016


6. Made unsubstantiated claims about the effect of immigration on house prices, earning him a rebuke from the UK Statistics Authority:

"Based on the ONS data, the advice to me from the department is that in the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20%."
Dominic Raab, 8 April 2018


7. Said there can’t be “any tricksy fudging” about leaving the customs union, which is exactly what the Government is doing:

We were very clear we were coming out of the customs union, there can’t be any tricksy fudging of that.”
Dominic Raab, 8 June 2016

However, during the 2016 referendum, he backed the idea of a further vote if the result was ‘within a couple of points’:

“I think the sensible thing, if it's very close, within a couple of points, would be to take pause, respect the verdict of the British people and effectively shelve this debate until that point, which I hope is going to be as close to the 2020 election as possible.”
Dominic Raab, 9 June 2016


Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“The Prime Minister is playing with fire by appointing Dominic Raab as Brexit Secretary. When it comes to Brexit he is an extremist who believes Britain 'will thrive' if we leave the EU with no deal, and who wants to see workers' rights slashed if we leave the EU.

"Since Article 50 was triggered, eight ministers from the Brexit and international trade departments have thrown in the towel, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. The reality is that the job of delivering the Brexit that was promised by people like Dominic Raab is impossible.

“However, the new Brexit Secretary once said he backed a People’s Vote. Now that it is clear that we are heading for a botched Brexit that pleases nobody, he should be making that argument to the Prime Minister.”