Hunt 'expects' Brexit by Christmas

Hunt 'expects' Brexit by Christmas

By contrast, Johnson's rival for the top job - Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt - has said he would allow another delay to Brexit, if a deal were within reach.

In a separate interview with the BBC on Friday, Hunt went further than before, refusing to guarantee the United Kingdom will leave the European Union before Christmas.

Mrs May conceded she could have talked to more colleagues to get her withdrawal deal through the House of Commons.

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

Johnson has not ruled out proroguing, despite former prime minister Sir John Major warning that he will launch judicial review proceedings if he does.

However, Bercow's spokeswoman said he had not been contacted about any "sit-in" plan.

The glimmer of hope that Boris Johnson can now grasp is the fact that the likes of Amber Rudd; who until now has stated that no deal could not be countenance, she has suddenly now done a big U-turn, and her words were saying that it can be part of the armoury.

Ms May told the Daily Mail in an interview published on Friday that the job of prime minister is not about power but about public service.

Ms Lowery said Johnson demonstrated the "true qualities of leadership".

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Asked about claims the United Kingdom could weather a no-deal exit on World Trade Organization terms, Clark said: "I think every person that considers the evidence that companies have given - whether it's in the automotive sector, whether it's in the food sector, whether it's in aerospace, in industries up and down the country - you know if you become less efficient and your ability to trade is impeded, then of course losing your competitiveness means there will be jobs lost".

"Do you know what's in 5C?" the interviewer asked.

"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". Clark said he would not "trim and chop and change my views" on the dangers of no deal in order to preserve his place in government.

"On the one hand, some people who'd always campaigned for Brexit, but didn't vote for the deal because they had a particular vision of Brexit and they were sticking firmly to that vision".

He expressed his confidence in getting a deal by the end of September, telling the BBC: "I believe we can and I, as I say, I think that people like Angela Merkel want to solve this problem".

The decision could complicate any attempt to suspend parliament later in the year as a way to prevent MPs from trying to bar a no deal Brexit on October 31. A No.10 spokeswoman said: "The prime minister has always been clear that leaving without a deal would be disruptive".

Boris Johnson is ahead in polls of grassroots Conservatives.

The pair were each to be interviewed for half an hour in a programme to be aired on Friday night.

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