Johnson absent from two Tory leadership race debates

Johnson absent from two Tory leadership race debates

Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the front runner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

With former London mayor and foreign minister Johnson keeping a low profile, the other candidates have targeted the air waves to present their cases to lead the governing Conservative Party.

Last week Johnson apologized for any offence his words had caused, but also claimed they had often been taken out of context. The U.K. was originally due to leave the bloc on March 29, but Brexit has been delayed to October 31 because of the political deadlock in London.

The comments by Gauke, a supporter of outsider Rory Stewart, will increase the scrutiny on Johnson's plans before the latest round of voting by MPs, where he is again widely expected to top the polls.

Mr Raab also defended his record in government, saying Brexit negotiations broke down "because ultimately the Prime Minister and the Cabinet were not willing to hold the line". He keeps saying 'I am going to deliver it.' I don't even know what he believes.

"I would urge the other candidates to do so, to reassure the public that our hard-won reputation for fiscal responsibility is not going to be squandered". He won't talk to you.

Conservative members of parliament will hold successive rounds of voting from Tuesday to reduce the candidates to just two, then 1,60,000 grassroots party members will pick the victor in a postal ballot.

The International Development Secretary has overtaken Jeremy Hunt, according to online bookmakers Betfair.

Pro-Brexit candidate Dominic Raab has said parliament could be suspended if necessary, a possibility he refused to rule out on Sunday in a debate with other contenders.

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Unlike the first round, the cutoff this time around is 33 MP votes (instead of 17) and/or the candidate with the least amount of votes will also be eliminated from the race.

The survivors will face a BBC television debate later Tuesday, which Johnson will attend.

'He is able to win elections with Conservatives and Conservative support.

The arrangement could mean the Brexit Party does not field candidates against Tories they see as committed to making a clean break from the EU. "The Conservatives can not win an election unless we have delivered Brexit", he told Sky News television.

Johnson has said he is open to leaving the European Union on October 31 without a formal deal between London and Brussels but would prefer to secure one by the deadline.

"What is really scandalous here is the way that people are trying to sabotage the will of the people", he said.

Meanwhile, Hunt said Johnson was effectively committing to taking Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal, by insisting the United Kingdom must leave by the deadline.

The sharpest exchanges were however dominated by Dominic Raab's refusal to rule out suspending Parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit.

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