Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt this morning made further claims about their willingness to deliver a destructive No Deal, as the two candidates stepped up their arms race over who can deliver the harshest and most volatile Brexit.
Johnson again refused to rule out the idea of proroguing Parliament to force No Deal through, while Hunt said he would be prepared to risk jobs and businesses "with a heavy heart" and would instead "find support for those companies" impacted by No Deal.
Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy and a supporter of the People’s Vote Campaign said:
“Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are obviously taking a hard-line on Brexit in order to appeal to Conservative grassroot members. They will be chosen by an electorate of 160,000 Conservative Party members – that’s just 0.25% of the total UK adult population. It’s clear that, with such a small electorate, any type of Brexit will lack any legitimacy.
"Whoever becomes Prime Minister is going to need to seek the approval for any form of Brexit from the whole of the UK.
"The only way to end the Parliamentary gridlock and legitimise any outcome in this disastrous process is to let the public have the final say on Brexit through a People’s Vote.”
Notes to Editors
Speaking on Sky News' Ridge on Sunday, Boris Johnson said:
“I don't like the idea of proroguing. I'm not remotely attracted to it, but you know MPs have got to understand it's their responsibility to get this thing done and that was by far the best solution.”
Asked by Andrew Marr if he would be willing to look business owners in the eye and tell them they should be prepared to see their business go bust in the event of No Deal, Jeremy Hunt said:
"I would do so, but I'd do so with a heavy heart because of the risks... So, if in order to do what the people tell us to do, we have to leave without a deal, I would do that, but I would find support for those companies, to help them weather the storms.”