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Jeremy Hunt says Boris Johnson can’t be trusted on Brexit

Foreign secretary says Conservative leadership rival cannot fulfil promises

Jeremy Hunt has suggested there is “no trust” in Boris Johnson to fulfil his promises on Brexit, telling the BBC he believes he has the better personality to be prime minister.

Speaking after a war of words with his Conservative leadership rival, whom Hunt branded a coward for turning down a debate with him on Sky News on Tuesday night, Hunt said 31 October was a “fake deadline” and could lead to a snap general election.

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Poor Jeremy Hunt. The perfect Tory for a party that no longer exists | Rafael Behr

The challenger to Boris Johnson is emphasising his seriousness. But for Conservatives dreaming of no deal, realism is only an irritant

Boris Johnson had many motives to dodge a televised debate with Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday night but one factor trumped the rest: he didn’t do it because he didn’t have to. If Conservative party rules and our bizarre constitution can combine to let a man like Johnson sidle up to Downing Street, answering as few questions as possible, it makes sense for him to try.

It is also natural that others should try to flush the frontrunner into the open. Hunt accused his rival of cowardice and the jibe clearly stung, as the truth often does. Johnson took to the airwaves, blustering ineffective rebuttals to the charge that he had anything to hide.

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Jeremy Hunt pulls Foreign Office support for Nicola Sturgeon

Tory leadership candidate accused of playing politics with move against first minister

Jeremy Hunt has been accused of trying to boost his Conservative leadership campaign by withdrawing Foreign Office (FCO) support for Nicola Sturgeon’s overseas visits.

The foreign secretary has confirmed that he has ordered his department not to provide any official or consular support for Sturgeon’s trips abroad if she uses them to campaign for Scottish independence.

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Boris Johnson downgrades tax cuts for rich pledge by claiming he would prioritise helping the poor – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the latest from the Tory leadership contest and Boris Johnson’s LBC phone-in

Here is the video of Boris Johnson talking about his secret model bus-making habit.

At Foreign Office questions in the Commons this morning Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, cracked a joke about Boris Johnson’s late-night row with his girlfriend on Thursday last week. Addressing Jeremy Hunt, she said:

It gives me an opportunity to congratulate the foreign secretary directly, not just for being in the final two, getting into the final two, but also being the only candidate who has the police outside his house for the right reasons.

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Brexit weekly briefing: Johnson’s final battle with Hunt beset with evasion

Former London mayor’s row with partner becomes focus of leadership bid

Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing, doing its best to make sense of all this nonsense since June 2016. If you would like to receive this as a weekly email, please sign up here. And you can catch our monthly Brexit Means … podcast here.

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Britain is now a remain nation. We can halt this rush to Brexit | Polly Toynbee

The Tory party’s hardcore membership would head us off a cliff. We need to rebel against this democratic outrage

The frontrunner’s domestic squall on Thursday night has acted as a lightning-flash illumination of the democratic fraud unfolding before our eyes. Had this tiff happened on Love Island, at least every citizen would get to vote. If a despairing lethargy hung over the prime ministerial contest, this fracas has electrified the preposterous nature of the non-choice, and our total exclusion from it. Pinch yourself: is this really be happening in a democracy? This is now a remainer nation, held hostage by extreme no-dealers.

Remember, this has never happened before. It was bad enough when MPs chose the sitting prime minister – John Major, Theresa May, Gordon Brown – but for the first time the Tory party’s misbegotten 1998 rules see our fate fixed by the votes of a tiny self-selecting oligarchy. This novel experiment in non-democracy couldn’t come at a worse time, with the ruling party seized by no-deal Brexit mania, forcing all candidates to abandon truth to woo the membership’s worst delusions. Only one, Sam Gyimah, represented anything approaching the British remain majority, but he couldn’t scrape eight nominations to get into the contest: that’s the nature of the Tory beast.

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The Guardian view on Tory leadership: politics may not survive Brexit | Editorial

The Brexit virus that is running through the Conservatives may end up shutting down both the party and the electoral system that supports it

The threat by a Conservative minister to bring down the government of the next party leader if he attempts to leave the European Union without a deal shows how the Brexit virus, having hijacked the Tory machine, could end up shutting it down. It would be wrong to regard such warnings as a bluff. When push comes to shove, such MPs are likely to be in no mood for compromise. This attitude will have been hardened if Boris Johnson becomes party leader despite his obvious flaws – especially since Brexit has radicalised Conservative members so much that they would rather break up the United Kingdom than not leave the EU. Depressingly the no-deal option is openly flirted with by both leadership candidates, shamelessly proffered to Tory members in exchange for their votes.

It is important to remember that even with the DUP’s support, a few Tory rebels can bring down a wayward government by leaving it. What also seems clear is that the new Conservative leader will not have a majority for either his central policy or for his government. That means Theresa May will in all probability have to assess which party leader will command a majority in the Commons. If it is not the Tory leader then it will be Jeremy Corbyn. If neither can put together the votes then Britain will be heading for a general election. Where Tory rebels would go from there is a tantalising question. Some have argued that the shape of the civil war in the party resembles the infighting that was a prelude to Robert Peel’s 1846 repeal of the Corn Laws, which protected British grain against cheaper imports. Peelites such as William Gladstone, who split the Tories by defecting to what ended up as the Liberal party, could justifiably claim to be on the side of the future rather than the past. That is still a seductive argument that could be used by their would-be heirs today.

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