Michael Gove Enters Conservative Race to Succeed Theresa May

Michael Gove Enters Conservative Race to Succeed Theresa May

On whether he would vote against the Government in a confidence motion in the circumstance of no deal, Mr Hammond said: "It's a hypothetical question because I don't know what the confidence motion is".

Parliament would find it nearly impossible to stop a prime minister intent on a no-deal Brexit, according to the Institute for Government.

A number of leadership candidates, including bookies' favourite Boris Johnson and former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab have made it clear they would walk away from negotiations and leave the European Union without a deal on 31 October if necessary.

Mr Raab said in the Mail on Sunday that the country needed to demonstrate "unflinching resolve to leave", with or without a deal.

The former Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, and former Commons leader Andrea Leadsom revealed their leadership bids in the Sunday newspapers.

The deadlock over Brexit is expected to have hit both main parties when the results of the European Parliament elections are declared from 2100 GMT on Sunday, with Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, which backs a no-deal exit, predicted to come out on top.

Other candidates have stressed the need to get a Brexit deal passed in Parliament.


The Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned prospective Tory leaders not to ignore parliament by pursuing a no-deal Brexit.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt became the first front-line politician after May's resignation speech to throw his hat into the ring in a contest that has already thrust one of Hunt's predecessors, Boris Johnson, into the spotlight.

All the leadership contenders have strived to make their position on Brexit clear to their electors - the 313 Tory MPs who choose a shortlist and the 124.000 party members who will have the final say.

"I've been determined over the last three years to support the prime minister in getting her Brexit deal over the line".

"We literally only have from the 9th October to the 31st October to either organise a second referendum or a general election, and why would any Brexiter Prime Minister risk either of those?" "We won't be asking for any more extensions", she said.

Ms Leadsom said she also supported a no-deal Brexit "if necessary", telling the Sunday Times, that to succeed in a negotiation "you have to be prepared to walk away".

But it won her no converts and sparked a party coup attempt that forced May to walk away before she was pushed out.


'I am conscious the Conservative Party wants someone who they believe is very enthusiastic about Brexit, Rudd told the Daily Telegraph.

Gove, 51, was Boris's ally in the Vote Leave campaign during 2016's Brexit referendum, and he claimed he was best-placed to deliver "a better deal for Britain".

The 160,000 Tory party members will then decide who wins the run-off.

Stewart has criticized Johnson's stance, saying he would not serve in the cabinet of a prime minister that pushes for a no-deal Brexit.

FORMER Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, who resigned over Brexit, is launching her own leadership campaign with a tour of pubs.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 40, becomes the latest Cabinet Minister on Saturday to declare his intentions to stand for the Conservative leadership after May's resignation.

Mr Hancock told Radio 4's Today there was no point in becoming prime minister unless he was straightforward about the trade-offs - 'between sovereignty and market access and the trade-offs to get a deal through this Parliament'.


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