Brexit-backing MP tells Remain protester he is signing his 'death warrant’ when Britain leaves the EU

A Brexit-supporting Tory MP has told a Remain campaigner he would be "signing his death warrant" once Britain leaves the EU.

Mark Francois, a prominent member of the Brexit-backing European Research Group (ERG), was filmed making the comments to prominent campaigner Steve Bray on Tuesday.

Mark Francois (right) told anti-Brexit protestor Steve Bray he would be 'signing his death warrant'As Mr Francois was accosted by Mr Bray, the Tory MP stopped and said: "In the nicest possible way we're signing your death warrant.

"On the 31st October you're out of a job. I'm sure you can find something else productive to do."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (L) and a pro-Brexit protester argue as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster on January 08, 2019 in London, England. MPs in Parliament are to vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal next week after last month's vote was called off in the face of a major defeat. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Anti Brexit protester Steve Bray shouts a comment against Boris Johnson in Westminster as inside Parliament the Tory leadership race continues on 17th June 2019 in London, England, United Kingdom. (photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images)
(left to right) Andy Wigmore and Leave.EU founder Arron Banks are confronted by anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray as they leave the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Picture dated: Wednesday March 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats and his wife Rachel Smith pose with Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray after a news conference following the results of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats and new Members of the European Parliament Irina von Wiese, Dinesh Dhamija and Luisa Porrit pose with Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray during a news conference following the results of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside the gates of Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray demonstrates outside Labour Party's headquarters, as they hold their National Executive Committee meeting, in London, Britain April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Mark Francois (left), Conservative MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, and the vice-chairman of the European Research Group (ERG), in conversation with anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray at College Green in Westminster, London.
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(right) Dominic Grieve MP is confronted by anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray on his way to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Picture dated: Wednesday March 27, 2019. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
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Mr Bray responded: "It's not a job, it's a passion. Saving our nation."

After the video was posted on Twitter, Mr Francois' comments were criticised by some who labelled them "threatening" - while others insisted the comments were taken too seriously:

Mr Francois has come out in support of Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership contest.

Mr Johnson, the runaway favourite to become the Prime Minister next month, has vowed to deliver Brexit by the October deadline - with or without a deal.

The former Foreign Secretary's bid to become PM received a fresh boost as former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab backed his campaign.

The endorsement of Mr Johnson by the hardline Brexiteer came as fellow leadership contender Rory Stewart said he was in talks with Michael Gove on "combining forces" in the contest.

Mr Francois is a member of the Brexit-backing European Research Group of Tory MPs (Getty)

Such a move would be seen at Westminster as a "Stop Boris" bid in the battle for the Tory crown.

Mr Raab, who was eliminated from the contest in the second round after receiving support from only 30 MPs, said Mr Johnson was the sole contender who would ensure Brexit happened by October 31.

He told the London Evening Standard: "The only candidate who will now do this is Boris Johnson - and so I'll be supporting him to become our next prime minister.

"Boris will make sure we leave the EU on time and move on to uniting the country behind a positive programme where everyone can benefit from the UK's success."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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