Tory leader LIVE: Boris to save Tories from Brexit Party as defectors pledge to return

Posted on Jul 11 2019 - 6:54pm by admin

A huge 92 percent would ditch the Brexit Party if the Halloween deadline is met, the poll of Tory members found. But if Brexit is delayed again only 56 percent would vote for the Tories, the survey by Orb International for the Daily telegraph showed. Frontrunner Mr Johnson has pledged to leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31, while his rival Jeremy Hunt has admitted he would delay Brexit if he was close to striking an agreement.

Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt are the final two candidates in the race to replace Theresa May.

It is up to Tory members to pick the winner who will be announced on July 23.

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The majority of Tory defectors would switch back if the Brexit deadline on Halloween is met (Image: GETTY)

4.10pm update: Boris Johnson ally Liz Truss slams Trump’s damning assessment of May

Treasury Chief Secretary Liz Truss, an ally of Boris Johnson, said she did not like foreign leaders “slagging off” the UK.

Mr Johnson has defended Donald Trump’s damning assessment of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy and Ms Truss agreed the Prime Minister’s deal was a “dead duck”.

Ms Truss told a Westminster lunch: “I’m a patriot so I don’t like to hear any foreign leader slagging off our Government.

“But fundamentally, whatever the rights and wrongs of the issue, the deal has failed to get through on numerous occasions.

“It’s a dead duck, so we now need a fresh approach, it’s more urgent than ever before.

“The British public has lost huge trust in politicians and that is why we need to deliver by October 31.”

3.50pm update: The Queen’s annual Balmoral break cut short to swear in new PM and Tory leader

The Queen’s much-anticipated annual summer Balmoral break will be cut short so the 93-year-old Monarch can swear in Britain’s new Prime Minister.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the head of the royal family will travel from Balmoral Castle in Scotland’s Aberdeenshire all the way back to London to swear in one of the final two Tory leadership candidates – Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt.

The new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister to take over from Theresa May will be announced on July 23, when the Queen is expected to be on her annual trip to Scotland.

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Liz Truss, an ally of Boris Johnson, said she did not like foreign leaders “slagging off” the UK (Image: GETTY)

3.10pm update: Jo Swinson ‘Boris will be pushed about by a bully’

Lib Dems leadership candidate Jo Swinson said Boris Johnson’s reaction to Sir Kim Darroch’s resignation means “potentially having a Prime Minister who will be pushed about by the bully that is President Trump on all sorts of issues”.

She also said that she agrees with Sir Alan that Mr Johnson’s behaviour is “that of an utter wimp”. 

2.40pm update: Fallon hints at real reason Johnson refuses to go into detail on Brexit

Senior Tory Michael Fallon said the Tory leadership hopeful wants flexibility in Brexit talks with the EU.

Speaking on the BBC’s Newsnight, Mr Fallon said: “There is a very good reason why Boris hasn’t gone into the precise detail of the negotiation that he would like to start with the EU.

“Of course, he wants to maintain the maximum flexibility as you go into those negotiations. A lot of this will have to be looked at again.

“The agreement that was negotiated by the current Cabinet, including Jeremy Hunt, has failed.

“It failed to get through Parliament and we have been becalmed since Christmas.

“We have to look at this again and these issues like the backstop and the future customs relationship with the EU have to be examined again both here and in Brussels and some of the other important capitals like Dublin.”

1.55pm update: May won’t comment on next ambassador to the US

Mrs May official spokesman said: “The ambassador is appointed by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the Foreign Secretary with the approval of the Queen.

“In terms of this particular replacement, that will take place in due course.”

1.30pm update: Weatherspoon boss reveals why Boris is only man for No10

Tim Martin said: “Boris Johnson would be a good Prime Minister.

“He’s been elected Mayor of London twice, which is a multicultural city, and I think it’s very important for the country to have a Brexiteer prime minister to take advantage of all the opportunities of Brexit and who believes in Brexit.

“He’s a hard worker, he’s charismatic, he’s got strong liberal views. I think he’d make a good prime minister.”

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Weatherspoon boss Tim Martin said Mr Johnson would be a good PM (Image: GETTY)

12.45pm update: Johnson claims Brexit Party will help him secure better Brexit deal

In an interview with Politico, the Tory favourite said the success of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in May’s European elections should help him strike a better deal with Brussels.

Mr Johnson said: “They have now got 29 Brexit MEPs in the European Parliament. I’m not certain they [the EU] want to have Ann Widdecombe lecturing them about their deficiencies.”

The former London mayor also insisted he is serious about leaving with no deal if necessary.

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Mr Johnson said the success of Nigel Farage party’s could help him strike a better Brexit deal (Image: GETTY)

12.10pm update: Johnson says he “can’t dissent” from Trump criticism of May over Brexit

In response to US President Donald Trump calling Mrs May’s Brexit deal a “disaster”, Mr Johnson told Politico: “I can’t dissent from that.

“When it comes to the context of what the president has said about the Brexit deal, I find it hard to disagree.

“He has strong views about Brexit and he has strong views about the deal.

“Probably, from the point of view of those of us who want to get Brexit done and make a great success of it, it would be fair to say this is a debate that’s best conducted within the UK.

“But you know — the president has his style and his approach.”

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US President Donald Trump called Mrs May’s Brexit deal a “disaster” (Image: GETTY)

1.30am update: Johnson hits back at claims he threw Sir Kim Darroch “under a bus”

Mr Johnson told The Sun: “I can’t believe they’re trying to blame me for this.

“It seems bizarre to me. I’m a great supporter of Kim’s. I worked very well with him for years.

“I spoke to him just now to offer my good wishes. I think that he’s done a superb job.

“I’d be very surprised that’s the construction placed on events.”

On why he did not back Sir Kim in Tuesday night’s debate, Mr Johnson added: “I don’t think it’s right to drag public servants’ careers into the arena in that way.

“I thought it was most odd that the career of particular servant should suddenly become a test case within a TV debate.”

 

11.15am update: Tories attack Johnson after ambassador to US quits

Tories have attacked Mr Johnson for his failure to back Sir Kim Darroch after the ambassador to the US quit.

Sir Kim resigned over leaked emails critical of Donald Trump’s administration.

But Mr Johnson repeatedly refused to support Sir Kim in the Tory leadership TV debate on Tuesday.

Chancellor Philip Hammond told ITV’s Peston: “I think, as a former foreign secretary, I would have felt the obligation to stand up for a first class civil servant who has done nothing wrong.”

And Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan accused Mr Johnson of throwing Sir Kim “under a bus” to further his own leadership ambitions.

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Sir Kim Darroch resigned as ambassador to the US after a row over leaked emails (Image: PA)

10.50am update: Hunt calls on Johnson to match Scotland pledges

The Foreign Secretary called on his rival to match 10 key campaign pledges in Scotland to boost the chances of a Conservative victory at the next Holyrood election.

Mr Hunt said committing to the policies – which focus on fishing, the armed services, the economy and the Union – would give Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson the best chance of winning in 2021.

He urged Mr Johnson to back the 10-point plan in a “union against Nicola Sturgeon”.

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The Tory contenders will take part in the latest hustings event tonight in Kent (Image: GETTY)

10.25am update: Johnson and Hunt to go head-to-head tonight

The Tory contenders will take part in the latest hustings event in Maidstone, Kent, at 7pm.

It comes less than two weeks before the winner will be announced.

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Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has shifted her stance on a no-deal Brexit (Image: PA)

10am update: Rudd ‘accepts that no deal is part of the armoury’ for Johnson and Hunt

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has shifted her stance on a no-deal Brexit.

Ms Rudd, who is backing Mr Hunt, told talkRADIO: “Both candidates have said that no deal is part of the armoury in the negotiations going forward and I have accepted that.

“The situation is that we are leaving by the end of October but it would be so much better to get a deal.”

9.45am update: Hammond warning to Johnson over no-deal Brexit

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said he does not expect to serve in a Boris Johnson-led Cabinet and warned he would fight against a no-deal Brexit from the backbenches.

Mr Hammond told ITV’s Peston: “My expectation is that I will not be serving in the next administration.

“But, I want to say this because I read some stuff in the papers earlier this week about how I would be a nightmare on the backbenches.

“I will continue to argue vigorously against a no-deal Brexit.

“And I will certainly do everything I can to prevent a no-deal Brexit without parliamentary approval.”

Tory favourite Mr Johnson has vowed to leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31.

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