Jeremy Hunt has slammed Boris Johnson’s claim that the chance of a no-deal Brexit is a “million-to-one”.
The Foreign Secretary said his leadership rival gets “some important facts wrong” and his prediction “flies in the face of reality”.
In a letter Mr Hunt wrote: “Those odds are wildly different to those given by those in the business of actually judging the odds, so I fear that this statement flies in the face of reality.”
Mr Johnson said he stood by his estimate.
He has reiterated his previous comments that it would be “absolute folly” to rule out suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Johnson said the controversial measure should remain as an “essential tool of our negotiation”.
“I'm not attracted to the idea of a no-deal exit from the EU but, you know, I think it would be absolutely folly to rule it out. I think it's an essential tool of our negotiation,” he said.
“I don't envisage the circumstances in which it will be necessary to prorogue Parliament, nor am I attracted to that expedient.”
Suspending Parliament could drag the Queen into a constitutional crisis.
Meanwhile, Mr Hunt said he would resign instead of shutting down parliament to force Brexit.
“Of course, no PM is going to last any time at all if they don't deliver Brexit and deliver it very quickly,” he said.
The leadership candidates will travel to south-west England today for a hustings with party members.