Hunt takes aim at PM rival Johnson's 'do or die' Brexit pledge

BBC MP Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Leadership televised debate

BBC MP Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Leadership televised debate

One of Mr Johnson's most senior supporters, former leadership rival Dominic Raab, suggested he could legally ignore the will of Parliament to deliver his pledge to leave by October 31.

Yet the EU has repeatedly insisted that it would not renegotiate the EU Withdrawal deal that Johnson described as Britain donning a "suicide vest".

Nonetheless Mr Hunt called the date a "fraudulent slit-off date" that could well "time out us into a frequent election and hand the keys to Jeremy Corbyn and we can procedure no longer like any Brexit at all".

"For my part, I have been clear that, if I am elected leader, we will leave on October 31 with or without a deal".

Q: What is a no-deal Brexit?

His comments came just a day after he promised to leave the European Union at the end of October "come what may, do or die", raising fears among more moderate lawmakers in parliament that he will attempt to push through a no-deal Brexit. Article 24 also outlines how equal treatment can be suspended - as a bilaterally agreed standstill agreement, while the schedule of a Free Trade Agreement or Customs Union Agreement between two parties is in the process of being finalised. "And that will mean new tariffs".

The race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May has heated up this week, with the foreign minister Jeremy Hunt stepping up his criticism of Johnson, who has warned that he would execute a so-called no-deal Brexit if he fails to agree a deal with the EU.

Mr Johnson, asked if he had any hobbies, said: "I get old wooden crates, right?"

Q: What is Gatt 24?

Mr Johnson has argued a provision under the general agreement on tariffs and trade, known as Article 24, would be used to avoid tariffs for up to 10 years.

Q: Would Gatt 24 work in a no-deal Brexit?

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Johnson conceded that point himself in an LBC interview on Tuesday, saying "there has to be an agreement on both sides", adding that the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, was "wrong in thinking it's not an option".

Worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox debunked the claims in a recent article, fellow leadership rival Jeremy Hunt called Johnson's claims of a solution "not true", and Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the process would not work unilaterally.

He said the politics of the country have changed since March 29, when Britain was due to leave the European Union, and there's been an outbreak of "common sense" in Parliament - a suggestion he thinks he can get a deal through.

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has also said it is "completely wrong" to think Gatt 24 could be used to stop tariffs if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without a deal.

"What Theresa Can also honest tried to procedure became a deal inviting the backstop", he stated, referring to the controversial protection that targets to lead determined of a no longer easy border on the island of Eire.

This however, is not applicable to the UK-EU relationship.

Q: Will there be an impact in the shops?

Mr Carney has previously said there could be a hike of 5%-10% in food prices, while there are concerns about the impact on the supply of perishable goods if no-deal results in delays at the border.

The BBC host then interrupted to say that the Brexit date had been extended due to "Tory incompetence".

Extra shipping capacity was secured and warehouses with refrigeration facilities rented to store medicines, while arrangements were made to fly in those which can not be stockpiled.

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