Dominic Raab has urged rebel Conservative MPs to vote against legislation set to be put forward by Labour MP Hilary Benn to block a no-deal Brexit.
He told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer Mr Benn’s proposal would lead to “paralysing uncertainty”.
“The UK would under that legislation immediately have to accept EU conditions for that extension, however punitive however harsh,” he said.
“The taxpayer would have to pay the EU £1 billion each month for just more delay and more paralysing uncertainty.”
Under the terms of Mr Benn’s European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill, the government must ask the EU for a Brexit delay until January 31 next year.
If the EU proposes a different extension date the Prime Minister must accept that extension within two days, unless it is rejected by the House of Commons.
It already has the support of Tory MPs Philip Hammond and David Gauke, who have been warned they will lose the backing of their party should they vote in favour of the Bill.
The Prime Minister said the Bill would “cut the legs out” from under the UK’s negotiating position.
Mr Raab said the return of Parliament marked a “crossroads moment” and MPs must work to “concentrate the minds of the EU”.
“We’ve got our best chance in three years of getting a deal, don’t undermine that by voting for this ludicrous piece of legislation,” he said.
“They (the EU) think that the parliamentary shenanigans might end up delaying or cancelling Brexit, why would they move to cross the line, get a deal and make the compromises that we need to get the deal that we all want that can get through Parliament?”