Tory leadership: Rivals strife over support for no-deal Brexit

Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Rory Stewart and Esther McVey

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Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Rory Stewart and Esther McVey have already pronounced they will run for a leadership

Conservative care contenders have clashed over Brexit as a competition to attain Theresa May in No 10 begins.

Rory Stewart pronounced he would not offer underneath antithesis Boris Johnson since of his subsidy for a no-deal exit.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, a fifth Tory to enter a race, pronounced Mrs May’s inheritor contingency be some-more “brutally honest” about a “trade-offs” compulsory to get a understanding by Parliament.

The care competition will establish who is a UK’s subsequent primary minister.

Party bosses design a new personality to be selected by a finish of July.

Mrs May reliable on Friday that she will renounce as celebration personality on 7 June, though will continue as PM while a care competition takes place.

  • Who’s standing?
  • How a new Tory personality will be chosen

She concluded with authority of a Tory backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, that a routine to select a new personality should start a week after she stands down.

Five possibilities have, so far, reliable their goal to stand:

  • Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
  • International Development Secretary Rory Stewart
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock
  • Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
  • Former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey

‘Fresh face’ needed

Announcing his candidacy, Mr Hancock ruled out a snap ubiquitous choosing in sequence to solve a Brexit stalemate, observant this would be “disastrous for a country” and would risk saying a Labour personality Jeremy Corbyn in energy “by Christmas”.

Instead, he pronounced his concentration would be on removing a Brexit understanding by a stream Parliament and “levelling” with MPs about what this would meant for a UK.

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Amber Rudd is not station though wants to figure a discuss on Brexit

Mr Hancock told Radio 4’s Today there was no indicate in apropos primary apportion unless he was candid about a trade offs – “between supervision and marketplace entrance and a trade-offs to get a understanding by this Parliament”.

He also pronounced a celebration indispensable a “leader for a destiny not only for now”, able of appealing to younger voters.

  • What May’s exit means for Brexit
  • Kuenssberg: May was overwhelmed

“We need to pierce on from a terrible politics of a final 3 years,” he said.

“We need a uninformed start and a uninformed face to safeguard this nation wins a battles of a 2020s and stays moneyed for many years to come.”

‘Huge tensions’

Mr Stewart called for politicians to tell a law about where they stood on Brexit and suggested, for that reason, he could not offer in a cupboard underneath Boris Johnson.

“It heedfulness me to contend it,” he told BBC News.

“Boris has many, many qualities though we talked to him a few days ago and we suspicion he had pronounced to me that he was not going for a no-deal exit.

“He has now come out and pronounced yesterday that he is going for something that we trust is undeliverable, nonessential and is going to repairs a nation and economy.”

Media captionTheresa May: How a PM fought by Brexit battles

Mr Johnson told an mercantile discussion in Switzerland on Friday that a new personality would have “the event to do things differently”.

“We will leave a EU on 31 October, understanding or no deal. The approach to get a good understanding is to ready for a no deal.”

Most bookmakers have Mr Johnson as favourite, in front of former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who has nonetheless to announce his hand.

More than a dozen some-more comparison Conservatives are believed to be severely deliberation using – including Sir Graham, who has quiescent as chair of a 1922 Committee.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has ruled herself out, revelation a BBC a celebration and a nation wants “someone who is some-more eager about Brexit than we am”.

Asked who she would support, she told Radio 4’s Today she would “not malign” any of a possibilities though would cite someone who “wants to find a compromise” on Brexit and be picturesque about what can be achieved”.

‘Do things differently’

Tory MPs have until a week commencing 10 Jun to put their name forward, and any of them can mount – as prolonged as they have a subsidy of dual parliamentary colleagues.

The possibilities will be whittled down until dual remain, and in Jul all celebration members will opinion to confirm on a winner.

The Conservative Party had 124,000 members, as of Mar final year. The final personality inaugurated by a membership was David Cameron in 2005, as Theresa May was unopposed in 2016.

It will be a initial time Conservative members have directly inaugurated a primary minister, as against to a personality of a opposition.

Announcing her depart in Downing Street, Mrs May urged her inheritor to “seek a approach brazen that honours a outcome of a referendum” and find “consensus” in Parliament.

Meanwhile, shade chancellor John McDonnell suggested Labour competence need to harden a position on another Brexit referendum if a Tories inaugurated someone peaceful to pursue a no-deal exit.

Mr McDonnell told Today that “some form of open vote” would really be indispensable in that conditions and he would find to speak to MPs from all parties to potentially try and move down a supervision that attempted to take a UK out but a deal.

Who are a Conservative members?

Most members of many parties in a UK are flattering middle-class. But Conservative Party members are a many middle-class of all: 86% tumble into a ABC1 category.

Around a entertain of them are, or were, self-employed and scarcely half of them work, or used to, in a private sector.

Nearly 4 out of 10 put their annual income during over £30,000, and one in 20 put it during over £100,000. As such, Tory members are extremely better-off than many voters.

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