Brexit: Tory leadership rivals split over Brexit deadline


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Leaving the EU by the end of October is a “hard red crease” and will happen in “all circumstances”, Andrea Leadsom has said in her pitch for running.

The ex-Commons leader said she had a plan for a “managed exit”, adding that Parliament could “not dam us leaving”.

But her rival Mark Harper said it was “not possible” to leave by 31 October, and Rory Stewart required talk of a better deal on the table was a “fairy story”.

Ten Conservative possibilities are in the race to be leader – and the next PM.

The deadline for Brexit was pushed back to October after MPs rebuffed Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement with Brussels three times.

The European Gang has repeatedly said the agreement will not be re-opened, and on Tuesday, president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker suffering that once again.

“This is not a treaty between Theresa May and Juncker, this is a deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union,” he told a Politico upshot in Brussels.

“It has to be respected by whomsoever will be the next British prime ecclesiastic.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it was a “terrible political miscalculation” for UK congresswomen to believe they can get a better deal.

What have the leadership contenders utter about Brexit?

“In all circumstances we are leaving the European Union on 31 October,” Mrs Leadsom asseverated her official campaign launch. “Our country and our party cannot afford any more indecisiveness.”

The Brexiteer MP set out her design for what she calls a “managed exit” from the EU, which includes imposing a “temporary trade agreement” and a plan to negotiate contingency arrangements with Brussels onto the summer recess.

She said these could be discussed at a summit with the new entering EU commissioners and heads of government in September.

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But at his official campaign launch, Mr Harper – an outsider in the race – said it was “not conceivable or credible” to leave on the terms of a new deal by the existing deadline of 31 October. Renegotiating and come down with a deal past MPs would take longer, he said.

He said there could be a the greater part in the Commons to leave without a deal, but only if ministers demonstrated they had “self-conscious every sinew” to get a new one.

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Meanwhile, Health Secretary Mr Hancock – who is also fencing for the top job – told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme his plan was “eminently deliverable” by 31 October, as the EU was extend to changing the political declaration part of the agreement.

“We need to solve Brexit and we cannot do it by comminatory no deal,” he said, adding: “Parliament will not allow a no-deal Brexit to chance.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid reiterated that although he wanted a correct deal, “if we got to end of October and the choice was between no deal or no Brexit, I’d pick no negotiation.”

Later in the day, launching his campaign in a circus tent in London, Rory Stewart – another gatecrasher periphery – said he wanted to “take the politics out” of the situation and find a way to get Mrs May’s deal totally Parliament.

He said he would ramp up pressure on MPs to back it by promising that in another manner, he would convene a “grand jury” of citizens to make recommendations on how to proceed which legislators would have to stick to.

Vowing to hold the UK together and reconcile “unusual Remain and extreme Brexit” arguments, he added: “My project is about one crap – it is about moderation and compromise.”

What else have the leadership runners said?

At her official launch, Mrs Leadsom introduced several policies away from Brexit, numbering using overseas development aid to help poorer countries to decarbonise and ration young people to save for a house deposit with a new scheme.

When questioned on weights – prompted by Boris Johnson’s pledge to cut income tax for those who earn numerous than £50,000 a year – she said she believed in low taxes.

But tax reform could not get toe a hung Parliament, so that “needs to wait”.

Taking a swipe at Mr Johnson’s view, Mr Harper said he would focus his tax cuts “at the lower end of the spectrum”, combining: “I don’t think we should be promising more money to higher rate taxpayers.”

He also chance the lack of a majority meant certain things would not be deliverable and as Brexit illustrated, it was “toxic” to make promises and not fulfil them.

Who will replace Theresa May?

The champ of the leadership contest will become next Conservative leader and prime abb. They’re due to be in place by the week beginning 22 July.

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Mr Javid, who launches his crusade on Wednesday, released a campaign video which BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg detailed as the first big attempt by a candidate to communicate a personal story, introducing viewers to his order and background.

He also told the Evening Standard he was “very open minded” with respect to having different immigration rules for regions such as London after Brexit, and could discards Mrs May’s policy that EU migrants should earn at least £30,000 to be considered for profession.

Mr Johnson – accused by Michael Gove and other candidates of “hiding in his bunker” because he is yet to a do a foremost event or TV interview – is also launching his campaign on Wednesday.

It’s day two of the official action to be the next prime minister.

Andrea Leadsom cheerily launched her toss ones hat in the ring, promising she would never utter the phrase “as a mother” that did for her prospects last time.

As promised, the former chief whip Mark Harper was jacket off, sleeves slated up, answering any question that journalists were willing to put.

That covered – because the early stages of this campaign are this surreal – suggesting in a fight between a lion and a bear that the lion, patriotically, would win. (yes, you scan that right).

And TV presenter Lorraine Kelly was back – this measure with a slapdown of the whole lot of the political class.

But the hard reality gnaws today too. Labour has just announced that they are leading another cross-party have a go to grab control of the Commons.

Just in case the candidates needed a look back of what they’ll inherit, the politician who wins this race weight find that MPs have changed the law to kill off their solution to Brexit in front of they even call the removal vans to move their line to Number 10.

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How does the contest space for?

Ten Conservative candidates will contest Thursday’s first round of voting after nominations oppressive in the contest to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader and prime minister.

To the next two weeks, Tory MPs will take part in a series of affair ballots to whittle the candidates down to the final two.

The party’s 160,000 or so fellows will then pick a winner in a postal ballot, with the follow announced in the penultimate week of July.

On Tuesday 18 June BBC One hand down host a live election debate between the Conservative MPs still in the dog-races.

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