Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart says that if Britain is forced out of the EU this autumn then it would be tough but Britain would eventually come through and flourish. In an interview with Reaction – for the Reaction podcast – he contemplates the situation if President Macron blocks a further extension to Article 50.

Stewart has taken one of the most robust anti-no deal stances of all the leadership contenders, alongside Jeremy Hunt who referred to the “political suicide” of no deal, and Sam Gyimah who is advocating a second referendum. Stewart has made clear that there is no majority for no deal in parliament, and MPs would do all they can to block a Prime Minister from pursuing it.