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Referee Host Julie Etchingham had to keep Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt in line

Referee Host Julie Etchingham had to keep Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt in line

On Thursday, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss - a loyal supporter of Johnson - said prorogation should remain an option, and told Major to stop being "a back-seat driver".

Former Conservative leader Sir John said it would be "utterly and totally unacceptable" for any British premier to shut down parliament, and he would seek a judicial review if it happened.

John Major warned aspirant successors of Theresa May that forcing a "no-deal" Brexit by suspending parliament would drag Queen Elizabeth II into a "constitutional controversy", as she would be advised by the prime minister to call for elections, a request that she has no constitutional mandate to reject.

"And I will certainly do everything I can to prevent a no-deal Brexit without parliamentary approval".

It is understood one had concerns about the format - half of the audience would be Tory supporters and the other would represent alternate political views. Charles was eventually executed, in 1649. "They can't be concerned for the sovereignty of Parliament except when it is inconvenient to Mr. Johnson".

Johnson responded saying it is important not to hold out any prospect of not coming out on that date, adding that making such a promise could encourage Brussels to delay.

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The new leader will be announced on July 23 and sworn in as PM the following day.

While Hunt categorically ruled it out, Johnson said he would "not take anything off the table".

Sterling was trading near its lowest level for more than two years on Wednesday as better-than-expected readings on the economy did little to dispel growing fears of a no-deal Brexit.

The victor, and new Prime Minister, is expected to be announced on July 23.

Johnson says he should be the one to replace May because of his insistence on leaving the European Union as scheduled on October 31st, with or without a transition agreement.

"Whilst I support numerous proposals and policies put forward by Hunt, we are not seeking an entrepreneur but a leader that will bring our party and country together".

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