The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has warned that the Conservative Party face “potential extinction” if Brexit is not delivered by 31 October as planned.
He ruled out a snap election should he win the contest to become prime minister and said he is best placed to beat Jeremy Corbyn’s part and “put Nigel Farage back in his box.”
However, the European Research Group (ERG) are calling on leadership contenders to abandon Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Johnson said the Tories are facing an “existential crisis” after losing heavily on last month’s European elections.
He said, “We will not be forgiven if we do not deliver Brexit on October 31.
“We need to realise the depth of the problems we face. Unless we get on and do this thing, we will be punished for a very long time.
“There is a very real choice between getting Brexit done and the potential extinction of this great party.”