Five of the candidates, except Boris Johnson, faced off against each other on a live television debate on Channel 4. The subject of Brexit dominated proceedings, with each of the frontrunners outlining how they would deliver Brexit if they become the next Prime Minister. Mr Gove said he is the “candidate who can secure a deal”
The Environment Secretary added: “I led the Leave campaign. For me, it’s personal.”
He also remains convinced he can convince the European Union to move from the current Brexit deal that has been agreed.
Mr Gove said: “I’m saying I can get the European Union to change their approach.”
He added “we cannot leave unless Parliament votes for it”.
Addressing former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Mr Gove said no Brexit deal could not be pushed through “against the will of Parliament”.
Mr Raab insisted Britain “can manage those risks” that come with a no deal Brexit and World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
He said: “I don’t want no deal, I want to give ourselves the best shot of getting a deal.”
The former Brexit Secretary added he would put together an early budget if he came the next Prime minister.
Jeremy Hunt, who quickly asked “where’s Boris” in reference to the absence of Boris Johnson from the television debate, insisted he would not leave with a no deal Brexit if an agreement was “almost there”.
The Foreign Secretary said: “If when it comes to October 31 the only way to deliver Brexit is to leave without a deal then I’m out, because we must deliver on our democratic promise.”
Sajid Javid said a no deal Brexit is the “last thing” he wants to see.
The Home Secretary told the debate: “The number one mistake that was made was not properly planning for no deal.
“You do plan for no deal precisely because you want a deal.”