Contest to replace Theresa May as British PM hots up

Contest to replace Theresa May as British PM hots up

Mr Hancock said Mrs May's successor must be "brutally honest" about the "trade-offs" required to get a deal through Parliament.

Only one person, the joke doing the rounds in Parliament goes, can stop the disheveled, blond-haired, crowd-pleasing former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, from becoming the country's next prime minister.

The campaign launched on Saturday as part of a concerted "anti-Johnson" push by opponents of a hard Brexit followed comments by the former Foreign Secretary on Friday, soon after May's resignation speech, that the United Kingdom would definitely leave the European Union (EU) "deal or no deal" on October 31 if he became leader in July.

The markets view the risk of Britain crashing out of the bloc when the twice-delayed departure date arrives on October 31 as uncomfortably high.

About a dozen contenders in total are thought to be considering a tilt at the leadership with newspapers reporting that environment minister Michael Gove was expected to announce his candidacy on Sunday.

For the European Parliament election in which Britain had no choice but to take part due to Brexit being postponed, the number of seats held by a new party of hard-line Brexiteers and a smaller party supporting EU membership will likely exceed that of the Conservative Party. As such, Conservative MPs - already guilty of under-estimating Mr Corbyn as a political campaigner - may wish to reflect on the treatment of Mrs May over Brexit.

"What matters is whether you believe in Brexit, not how you voted in 2016", he told The Sunday Times.

Yet what if Tory MPs and activists choose a leader who is so divisive that a core of Conservative backbenchers refuse to co-operate?

"I've been determined over the last three years to support the prime minister in getting her Brexit deal over the line". I say other candidates, yet it is clear that one candidate in particular is the real target and.

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The MP for South Northamptonshire said: "To succeed in a negotiation you have to be prepared to walk away".

This prompted more EU-friendly hopefuls such as Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd to concede they stood no chance and would not vie for the job.

"We must ensure that the Conservative leadership is not a monologue on Brexit, and social enterprises will be proposing new ideas and challenging all candidates to show how they will fix the UK's broken economy".

Parliamentary party members will begin whittling down the field of contenders to a final two from June 10.

The finalists will then be put to a postal ballot of around 100,000 party members in July. Mr Stewart said he would not serve under rival Boris Johnson because of his backing for a no-deal exit.

"It will be key to ensuring that we do not see the priority as being keeping as much of the European Union as possible rather than decided what best suits Britain's long-term interests".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock threw his hat in the ring yesterday, warning against the next Prime Minister holding an early General Election to end the stalemate over Brexit.

"It would be very hard for a prime minister who adopted no deal as a policy.to retain the confidence of the House of Commons", Hammond told BBC TV, adding that he could not personally support a no-deal strategy. 'I think it would be a huge mistake.

May's decision to step down was triggered after she said she was considering asking the House of Commons to vote on a second referendum on Brexit. Reflecting the party's divisions, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, a pro-Brexit lawmaker, told London radio station LBC that Stewart was "stupid" for ruling out serving under Johnson.

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