The two candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, outlined their visions for Brexit and domestic policies at the party’s hustings on Saturday.
Johnson said the UK “must be able to come out [of the EU] on WTO [World Trade Organization] terms…It is precisely because we will be preparing between now and 31 October for a No Deal Brexit that we will get the deal we need.” Hunt said that if the UK sends the “wrong person” to negotiations with the EU, “There’s going to be no negotiation, no trust, no deal, and if Parliament stops that, maybe no Brexit.”
Elsewhere, according to the Sunday Times, some Conservative MPs could vote against Johnson in a vote of no confidence if he becomes Prime Minister and pursues a No Deal Brexit policy. The paper reports Chief Whip Julian Smith as saying that Johnson could lose a no confidence vote very soon after taking office. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve said, “There are a large number of Conservative MPs who will object to [a No Deal Brexit] happening and who will do everything possible to prevent it happening.”
Separately, a ComRes poll for the Sunday Telegraph shows that 61% of Conservative Councillors would vote for Johnson, while 39% are backing Hunt. According to the poll, 83% of Councillors said that the new Prime Minister must make sure that the UK leaves the EU on or before 31 October. Meanwhile, a survey among Conservative Party voters published in the Mail on Sunday reveals that 45% would prefer Johnson, while 34% would prefer Hunt. Another survey for the paper shows that 29% of the general public would prefer Johnson, while 32% would prefer Hunt.
Meanwhile, a by-election will be held in the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency in Wales, after 19% of eligible voters signed a recall petition to unseat Conservative MP Chris Davies.