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5 takeaways from the Tory leadership debate

LONDON — The final five candidates in the race to be U.K. prime minister — including the elusive Boris Johnson — faced off in a televised leadership debate Tuesday night that touched on social care, tax, climate change, education and Brexit.

Straight answers were often in short supply in an hour-long blue-on-blue battle that for the first time pitted the frontrunner against his rivals in public. Presenter Emily Maitlis often struggled to be heard and to keep control as the candidates made their pitches to fellow Tory MPs and the 160,000 Conservative Party members who will take the final decision on who succeeds Theresa May in No.10 Downing Street.

Here are POLITICO’s top five takeaways.

Johnson survives

Leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson had his first outing in a TV hustings debate (he refused to take part in Channel 4’s program on Sunday) and emerged largely unscathed thanks to the crowded field and a reluctance on the part of three out of four of his rivals to go for the jugular.

On Brexit time-tabling, there is little in the way of clear blue water between Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid. All are willing to take the U.K. out of the EU with no deal if a breakthrough cannot be found — either on October 31 or thereabouts. Only Rory Stewart categorically promised he would not take the U.K. out of the European Union without a deal, but with only a fifth of the airtime, his voice was largely drowned out.

Stewart under siege

The international development secretary appears to be paying the price for torpedoing the campaigns of many of his rivals with his insurgent bid for the premiership. Rivals were keen to turn their fire on the contender who had made the most progress since the beginning of the contest, winning the backing of 37 MPs in Tuesday’s second round of voting. Stewart’s pitch to give Johnson a run for his money in the final debate paid off in getting him a seat in the studio, but he failed to land any serious blows.

Gove accused Stewart of not having a plan on public services, while Hunt questioned if Stewart would be “happy with no Brexit.”

But the biggest asset to the leadership rivals, and most awkward moment for Stewart, was when James from Oxford, one of the BBC’s questioners from across the regions, accused Stewart of being “completely out of touch,” when asked about tax cuts. “You just did not answer my question. It’s nothing to do with Brexit, it’s about tax cuts,” he chastised him.

“I know I’m making myself very unpopular,” Stewart conceded.

Not listening to Brussels

Viewers were left none the wiser about how any of the candidates would solve the Brexit backstop conundrum — the major hurdle which was May’s undoing.

All except Stewart refused to recognize the EU27 has made it clear that there will be no renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement backstop.

When asked why Brussels might move this time, when it hasn’t before, Johnson said he thought having Brexit Party MEPs might make a difference — also the fact that the EU does not want a no-deal divorce.

“There’s literally no reality,” said Stewart.

Pitch for Brexiteer votes

Javid, who scraped through to the third round by the skin of his teeth with the 33 votes required and no more, further boosted his Brexiteer credentials with a hardline stance.

In what looked like a pitch to the 30 backers of former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who was eliminated on Tuesday, Javid agreed with Johnson that Brexit could not drag on beyond October 31, warning against a “flexible deadline” because the government must “concentrate minds in Brussels.”

The home secretary also appeared to be pitching himself as a potential chancellor in a Johnson Cabinet. Following Johnson’s tax cut pledges, Javid pointed out that tax cuts can sometimes lead to more revenue by boosting the economy. He also suggested the country could afford to borrow more to fund public services or tax cuts. That would be music to a prime minister Johnson’s ears.

Gove, who finished in third place with 41 votes, also appeared to be pitching for Raab’s votes with an attempt to reclaim the Brexit true-believer ground. He pointed out that he was the first person among the candidates to advocate leaving the EU, adding “I started this, I will finish it.”

The sixth man

Gove, the environment secretary, was more interested in attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn than laying into his rivals for the Conservative crown. He launched several attacks on the opposition chief, including at one point addressing him directly: “You discredited Marxist. Get back into the dustbin of history where you belong.”

Gove may have read the YouGov poll of Tory members released Tuesday which showed that allowing Corbyn into Downing Street was the one thing they feared more than a failure to deliver Brexit. The poll found the Conservative grassroots were more willing to see the U.K. broken up and their party destroyed than lose Brexit — as long as Corbyn never gets the keys to No. 10.

Gove’s approach in the debate built on his call in the Times on Tuesday for Tory MPs to avoid “polarization” in the party. It also burnishes his campaign credentials as the candidate that gave the Labour leader both barrels in the Commons last January when May handed the environment secretary the task of defending her against a confidence vote among MPs.

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Corbyn to outline Brexit strategy – but unlikely to back remain

Labour leader under pressure from shadow cabinet over position on fresh referendum

Jeremy Corbyn plans to use a speech in the coming days to outline the latest evolution in Labour’s Brexit policy – but is expected to stop well short of the clarion call for remain demanded by his deputy, Tom Watson.

The shadow cabinet will discuss Brexit on Wednesday, with the Labour leader under intense pressure from shadow ministers including Watson, Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer to signal more clearly his support for a fresh referendum.

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