Iain Duncan Smith has said Boris Johnson has a “clear” plan for leaving the European Union despite a gridlocked Parliament and an unmoving EU.
He told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer the leadership frontrunner will keep his pledge to leave on October 31.
“I can promise you that Boris has a plan and I’ve sat down with him and it’s quite clear that what we’re going to do,” he said.
“First of all you have to prepare absolutely and clearly to leave on the 31st. Not as Jeremy Hunt seems to think wait until September before making a decision.”
He added: “Boris wants to put absolutely all the talent into getting that done and doing it pretty publically too.”
The former Conservative Party leader said Mr Hunt’s suggestion he will wait until September before ruling on a no-deal Brexit will “damage Britain enormously”.
“All the banks, all the investors are saying just for God’s sake make the decision and do it,” he said.
“The British people wanted to do it, you saw that in the elections that have recently been held, we cannot carry on kicking this can down the road.”
Mr Duncan Smith said the former Foreign Secretary’s pledge to leave the EU “do or die, come what may” prevents yet another extension in October.
“They will only engage with us seriously if they believe that we are determined to leave on the 31st of October,” he said.
“Boris’s position is crystal clear on that, we are leaving. Jeremy Hunt is not and sadly I keep saying to him just make the pledge and he won’t.”