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Dominic Raab's vast colonial-era office overlooking St James's Park is the size of a tennis court – appropriate dimensions for the most athletic member of the Cabinet, with his black belt in karate and a ferocious boxing style modelled on his hero Muhammad Ali.
As he paces the length of the room towards his desk, the Foreign Secretary bristles with political machismo when he vows that Boris Johnson will be able to defy the 'Surrender Act' stipulating that he must ask for a delay to Brexit if he can't secure a deal.
Act - Conditions - Brussels - 'It - Bit
Describing it as an Act 'which requires us basically to roll over to the most punitive conditions that Brussels could inflict on us', he says: 'It is a shoddy bit of legislation. The way it was put together was pretty ramshackle. It didn't have the scrutiny that you have with a Government Bill.'
His implication is clear: the Government is still confident that it can find a loophole in the legislation which will allow the Prime Minister to take us out of the EU on October 31 even if he has not secured a deal.
Interview - Mail - Sunday - Mr - Raab
In his exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mr Raab even hinted at the prospect of EU law being employed – for the final time – to over-ride the Act, by using the legislation under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
According to some Government lawyers, the Treaty – which enshrined the leaving date of October 31 – could be used to veto the Act passed by Labour MP Hilary Benn and fellow anti-Brexiteers.
Irony - Government - EU - Law - EU
Acknowledging the irony of the Government using EU law to leave the EU, Mr Raab, who has international law degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, says: 'EU law has direct effect – that's one of the reasons we're leaving.
'It's a question of carefully assessing the...
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