Johnson, Hunt cross swords over Brexit in testy debate

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The cabinet minister said she was backing Jeremy Hunt in the leadership race.

May underscored she had done all she possibly could to try to get her Brexit deal approved and did nothing to hide her frustration with the fact that some of her most strident opponents on Brexit are those now backing Johnson.

But as leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both stress how they will accept a no deal if it means leaving on deadline day, Ms Rudd appears to have U-turned on the scenario.

Clark's comments came as peers laid down amendments to the Northern Ireland bill that seek to block any plans by a future prime minister to suspend parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Johnson has pledged that he will enact the European Union exit by the Halloween deadline "come what may, do or die", while Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt said he would be willing to delay if a deal was in sight.

"I'm friendly with him, as you well know, but equally I do know many other members of the administration and we do share a hell of a lot in terms of our political philosophy - but, right at this moment in time, whilst a new trade deal with America is an important component of [Brexit], what I can't allow to happen [is] I can't allow Boris Johnson to do to the British people what Theresa May did", he explained.

Asked by Sky News how many jobs would be lost in no-deal scenario, Clark said: "It's many thousands of jobs".

"I think, somehow, Alex, much as I love the US, much as it would be a dream job for me in many ways, I'm afraid I've got to stick around in case they drop the ball again".

Great to meet Members in Maidstone and Sevenoaks this evening.

The Work and Pensions Secretary has remained firm in her criticism of the United Kingdom leaving the bloc without a deal in place.

Labour is poised to prevent any attempt at a no-deal Brexit, as are senior Tories including Justice Secretary David Gauke.

Interviews with the BBC's Andrew Neil will also be aired.

The outgoing PM, who will be exiting Downing Street to make way for Hunt or Johnson by July 23, said she felt a "mixture of pride and disappointment" and that despite having to go earlier than she wanted, she had been the "right person" for the job and was "immensely proud" of what she had accomplished.

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