Boris Johnson bid gets support from former rival

Senior ministers believe the plan is an attempt to bind Boris Johnson's hands

Senior ministers believe the plan is an attempt to bind Boris Johnson's hands

Boris Johnson got a boost for his bid to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May when one of his former rivals backed his candidacy on Monday and said he was nearly certain to win the contest.

Candidates seeking to beat favourite Boris Johnson and become Britain's next prime minister warned Sunday that the Conservative Party needs a real leadership contest, not just a coronation for the flamboyant front-runner.

The disjointed affair was overshadowed by Tory leadership favourite Boris Johnson's decision to snub the Channel 4's hustings by not turning up.

More votes from politicians are due to take place in the coming week, before the Conservative party membership chooses from a final two.

But the race is on to decide who will challenge him.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock threw his support behind Johnson on Monday, saying the Brexit-backing former London mayor is the best candidate to unite the party and is able to deliver an agenda, "with the energy that gets stuff done".

"Boris has run a disciplined campaign and is nearly certainly going to be our next prime minister", Hancock said in an article in The Times newspaper, which tapped him as a strong contender to become finance minister. "The European Union knows [a] no-deal can not get through Parliament", said Mr Stewart, a relative unknown who has shot up the bookmakers' odds to be placed second.

"If there is no prospect of getting a deal that can get through parliament on October 31, then I would be prepared to leave without a deal, because, in the end, the democratic risk of no Brexit is far worse than the risk of no deal".

According to economists polled by Reuters, the likelihood of a no-deal exit has jumped in the past month.

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Three years on from the referendum on the UK's European Union membership, Raab said lawmakers opposed to Britain leaving the bloc were trying to block Brexit from ever taking place. Farage knows he can't win a General Election outright and many Conservatives will realise that is also their truth.

Johnson won the support of 114 of 313 Conservative Party lawmakers in the first round of the leadership contest.

He got another boost Sunday, gaining the backing of Esther McVey, one of three candidates eliminated race last week. "We want to know what he believes".

"There is literally only one question you have to answer, who is likely to beat Boris?" worldwide development minister Rory Stewart said in an appeal to other lawmakers who he needs the support of.

"He (Boris) doesn't, as far as I can see, he doesn't have a plan". He keeps saying 'I am going to deliver it.' I don't even know what he believes.

Mr Blackford said that Johnson's commitment to leaving the European Union on October 31 with or without a Brexit deak was "prepared to follow a scorched earth policy" on Brexit which would have a "disastrous outcome" for Scotland and as a result "one of the options is to test the appetite for a motion of no confidence".

"I don't trust any of them [the leadership candidates] to deliver a genuine Brexit and unless that situation changes, we are gearing up as an organisation to fight every seat in the country".

The former Brexit secretary said he did not think it was likely "but it is not illegal".

"It's a joke!" Bercow told French newspaper Le Figaro in comments reported in French.

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