Brussels has today told Theresa May she has until midnight on Sunday to come up with a workable Brexit deal or EU leaders will not be able to open trade talks at next week’s summit.
But, speaking as part of a Policy Exchange panel, Mr Raab said taking back control of the UK’s “world-beating” judiciary was vital to the country’s democracy.
The Courts and Justice Minister said: “We face a unique opportunity to reinforce the rule of law.
“The EU Withdrawal Bill will help guarantee a smooth and orderly Brexit but it also delivers on the number one reason people voted in the referendum to leave the EU, which is to take back democratic control over our laws, so that MPs like me are more accountable to voters for the decisions we make and the legislation we pass.
“That’s part of the social contract in this country. It’s not some technical procedural thing, it’s absolutely fundamental to our democracy.
“This should mark the moment, an opportunity if you like, for a democratic renaissance. Both in terms of politicians’ ultimate accountability to the public for the laws that govern them but also the quality of laws and the scrutiny that informs them.
“In that respect, our approach to ending the direct jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice is not some procedural housekeeping exercise.
“I’m proud that we’ve got a world-beating judiciary in this country.”
The EU Commission has insisted briefings by a senior official that Jean-Claude Juncker is prepared to extend the fraught negotiating process into next week are “not correct”.
Addressing journalists at the bloc’s Berlaymont home a spokesman insisted progress must be made “this week, in this building” or there would not be enough time to seal a deal.
On Monday, the PM jetted out to Brussels fully expecting to sign off on a draft agreement with the 27 EU leaders, only for it to be torpedoed by her DUP colleagues at the last minute.
Unionist leaders, who had not seen the document, were left furious at suggestions that it would grant Northern Ireland a special status to solve the tricky border issue.