Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been accused of "misleading the public" after his claims that he warned Britain might leave the EU with No Deal during the referendum were widely debunked.
Now Mr Raab has been accused of bringing his post into disrepute and faces calls to apologise.
Former Foreign Office minister Ben Bradshaw wrote to Mr Raab about the claims he made during a Radio 4 interview earlier this week.
The Labour MP said Mr Raab had claimed the prospect of a no-deal exit from the European Union was "widely discussed and considered a realistic prospect during the 2016 EU referendum".
Mr Bradshaw said the claim there is a mandate for a no-deal Brexit is "deeply dishonest and demeans the office of Foreign Secretary".
In his Today programme appearance, Mr Raab said: “We made clear – those on the campaign – that we should strive for a good deal, but if that wasn’t available, that we should go on and make a success of Brexit, and so that was discussed.
“I was questioned on it by the BBC almost every time I appeared and so was Michael Gove … There’s all sorts of interviews which said that of course we’d prefer a deal, but that there would be a risk.”
But the BBC and Channel Four poured over Mr Raab's speeches and media appearances from the campaign and found no mention of a No Deal Brexit .
In a Channel4 blog post their fact check team wrote: "We’ve listened to as many clips as we can find of interviews given by Mr Raab and Mr Gove between February 2016, when the EU referendum campaign unofficially began, and the vote on 23 June 2016.
"We can’t find an interview where Mr Raab warned explicitly about the possibility of a no-deal Brexit during the referendum campaign."
A Foreign Office spokesperson said that Mr Raab had "given tangible examples of when all eventualities, including a no-deal Brexit, were raised in the run up to the referendum in 2016".
Mr Raab himself has pointed to an interview he gave in March 2016 where he told BBC Radio 5 Live "there would be a free trade agreement" and suggested it was unlikely because the EU erecting trade barriers would "hurt them far more".
In the letter, Mr Bradshaw told Mr Raab: "Your pronouncements since taking the job just a few days ago risk bringing this great office of state into disrepute.
"I was astonished to hear you claim on the BBC's Today programme on Monday 29 July that the prospect of a no-deal exit from the European Union was widely discussed and considered a realistic prospect during the 2016 EU referendum.
"You must know this is simply not true.
"There appears to be no evidence at all of you ever suggesting that leaving the EU without a deal was a likely or possible outcome.
"Indeed, whenever the question was put to you, you suggested the opposite – you claimed that a new, better deal would be negotiated with the EU if people voted to leave.
"You said the UK would of course retain a strong trading relationship with Europe and would likely get a bespoke deal, and stated, 'the idea that Britain would be apocalyptically off the cliff edge if we left the EU is silly'.
"This is not a subject for debate, it is a matter of public record.
"For you to now try and claim a democratic mandate for no deal, despite failing to discuss the possibility of such an outcome during the referendum, is deeply dishonest and demeans the office of Foreign Secretary."
Mr Bradshaw calls on Mr Raab to "apologise for misleading the public" and to "agree there is no mandate for no deal".
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