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Prime candidates Johnson and Hunt clash about Brexit in TV debate

Would-be British prime minister Boris Johnson does not exclude the possibility that he will temporarily send the parliament home to push a no-deal Brexit through it. For his opponent Hunt, that is not talkable, it turned out during a television debate.

Johnson and Hunt compete for the leadership of the Conservative Party. The new party leader automatically also becomes prime minister.

Hunt challenged Johnson by asking if he would resign if the brexit deadline of October 31 was not met. Johnson initially refused to say anything about it, but eventually indicated that he would not resign in that case.

The debate was also about the British ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch. Last week, memos popped up in which he called US President Trump “rude” and “incapable”.

Trump later tweeted that he no longer wanted to cooperate with the ambassador. In the debate, Hunt said he was not going to get Darroch back from Washington. Johnson didn’t want to say if he would leave the ambassador.

Since Saturday, the approximately 160,000 members of the Conservative Party have the right to vote on who will be the successor to Prime Minister and party leader Theresa May. Johnson has a considerable lead in polls over Hunt, the current minister of Foreign Affairs. The new prime minister will be announced on July 23.

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