Boris Johnson insists 'common sense' will prevail and MPs will break deadlock

13 Juillet, 2019, 10:00 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Boris Johnson insists 'common sense' will prevail and MPs will break deadlock

But the former foreign secretary insisted his comments in the debate had been "misrepresented" and denied withholding his backing.

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd accepted on Thursday that no deal would have to be "part of the armoury" for negotiations with the European Union, in a move apparently created to preserve her chances of a job in the new administration.

Asked if he would jump before he was pushed if Mr Johnson becomes PM in two weeks" time, the chancellor told ITV's Robert Peston: "My expectation is that I will not be serving in the next administration.

"But if a female prime minister does it, it is 'Why is she crying?"', she said.

Speaking on TALKRadio, Ms Rudd said: "Both candidates have said no deal is part of the armoury and I have accepted that. That's been government policy as far as I can remember for the last three years".

But at the hustings Mr Johnson said "common sense" would prevail and MPs would support his efforts to separate the United Kingdom from the EU.

"When John Major talks about proroguing and all that legal wrangling and what have you".

"I actually think there's quite a difference between Parliament and the public", she said.

"It is because parliament may try and take a no-deal Brexit off the table altogether and so I think - my commitment is that I think I'm the best person to get a deal and if we get a deal it will be on or around the 31st of October but I can't control what Parliament does and that's why I'm being honest with people about the difficulties".

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"Boris commands a significant majority in terms of the parliamentary support and it is important that the next PM restores a collective vision and responsibility in this Government and I feel Boris Johnson is best placed to appoint the strongest Cabinet possible to deliver in this monumental task that we face".

Commenting on the poll, the Guardian newspaper said: "We won't know for sure for another 12 days, but in the past these surveys have been a fairly reliable guide to how people vote in internal Conservative elections".

"But before then what we must do is get our great party ready again, we must fill our coffers flush with cash and we must put out - once again - with greater power and clarity and conviction, our belief in modern, one nation, conservatism".

Mr Hunt, however, warned that "the big risk" facing the Conservative Party was ending up with an election and no departure "if we approach Brexit in a headstrong way".

"It's because prime ministers should only make promises they know they can deliver".

Theresa May says MPs are so entrenched over Brexit, they could not compromise on a deal for Britain's departure from the EU.

Mr Hunt said it was a relief that EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier did not secure the nomination for Brussels' top job as the European Commission president.

We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the United Kingdom national press.

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