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UK NewsVoting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end

08:15  22 july  2019
08:15  22 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Boris Johnson has insisted Britain can leave the European Union with a deal by 31 October if the country rediscovers its "sense of mission", with voting set to close later in the Conservative leadership contest.

The former foreign secretary, who is the front-runner to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader and prime minister, said if it was possible to get to the moon and back 50 years ago, then the problem of frictionless trade on the Irish border could be solved.

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Ahead of the leadership ballot closing, Mr Johnson - who is widely expected to become prime minister on Wednesday - said the UK can leave the EU at the end of October if the country has the "will" and "drive" for Brexit.

He wrote in the Daily Telegraph: "If they could use hand-knitted computer code to make a frictionless re-entry to Earth's atmosphere in 1969, we can solve the problem of frictionless trade at the Northern Irish border.

Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end © Getty Theresa May will formally resign as prime minister this week

"There is no task so simple that government cannot over-complicate if it doesn't want to do it. And there are few tasks so complex that humanity cannot solve if we have a real sense of mission to pull them off.

"It is time this country recovered some of its can-do spirit. We can come out of the EU on October 31, and yes, we certainly have the technology to do so. What we need now is the will and the drive."

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Mr Johnson claimed there were "technological pessimists" who think such a solution is impossible but there is "abundant scope to find the solutions necessary".

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Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair urged Mr Johnson if he becomes PM to "go back to the people with a referendum offering no-deal or Remain," adding that it was the "obvious and right course".

Writing in the Times, Mr Blair warned that "crashing out with public endorsement would be a gargantuan risk" and "no one knows with certainty the impact of no deal".

"It could be merely very difficult or it could be catastrophic," he added.

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Mr Hammond, who has been in Number 11 for three years, has been a vocal critic of a no-deal Brexit - something Mr Johnson has vowed to do if he cannot secure concessions from Brussels.

Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show if he thought he would be sacked, Mr Hammond said: "No, I'm sure I'm not going to be sacked because I'm going to resign before we get to that point.

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Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end
Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end

"Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no-deal exit on 31 October, and it's not something that I could ever sign up to."

Mr Hammond said he intended to resign to Mrs May before she goes to the Palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.

There is speculation in Westminster that a number of other Cabinet members could also quit in the event Mr Johnson wins the Tory leadership race.

Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end A combination of pictures created in London on July 19, 2019 shows the two British Conservative Party leadership candidates; Boris Johnson (R) giving a speech during a fringe event on the sidelines of the third day of the Conservative Party Conference 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, on October 2, 2018 and Jeremy Hunt (L) taking part in a Conservative Party Hustings event in York, north east England, on July 4, 2019. - The new leader of the Conservative Party and new UK Prime Minister will be announced on July 23, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Margot James, who resigned as digital minister on Thursday, told Sky News she thinks others will quit to show their opposition to Mr Johnson's commitment to leave the EU, deal or no deal, at the end of October.

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood, an opponent of no-deal, did not rule out resigning when questioned on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.

"I really get frustrated with this energy towards no-deal," he said.

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"I know all my parliamentary colleagues on all sides of the House recognise the dangers of no-deal.

"The fact that we keep talking about it - it isn't a solution."

Mr Gauke told the Sunday Times he would also quit on Wednesday if Mr Johnson enters Number 10.

Voting set to close in Tory leadership contest as race for No 10 nears end © David Cliff/NurPhoto Puppets of Conservative Party leadership rivals Boris Johnson (right) and Jeremy Hunt are held by an activist in costume as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on Park Lane as demonstrators gather for the anti-Brexit 'March for Change' in London, England, on July 20, 2019. The march, promoted with the slogan 'No To Boris, Yes To Europe', comes just days before it is widely presumed Boris Johnson will be announced as new leader of the governing Conservative Party leader and, by extension, prime minister. Johnson, the former foreign secretary and mayor of London, was one of the chief architects of Britain's 2016 vote to leave the EU and has since cultivated a reputation as a Brexit hardliner. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He said: "If the test of loyalty to stay in the Cabinet is a commitment to support no deal on October 31 - which, to be fair to him, Boris has consistently said - then that's not something I'm prepared to sign up to.

"I recognise that this spell in Government is coming to an end. Given that I've been in the Cabinet since Theresa May came to power, I think the appropriate thing is for me to resign to her."

As well as the conclusion of the Tory leadership race this week, the new leader of the Liberal Democrats will be announced on Monday.

Jo Swinson and Sir Ed Davey are battling it out to succeed Sir Vince Cable, with the result of the ballot of the party's membership set to be announced at around 4pm.

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