11 Jun 2019

Tory leadership candidates clash over Brexit date as Labour seeks to block no deal

Political Editor

Three more Conservative MPs launched their leadership campaigns today, each with a very different pitch on how to deal with Brexit.

Andrea Leadsom said leaving on the 31st of October, come what may, was a “hard red line” for her.

Former chief whip Mark Harper said leaving by then just wasn’t possible, but he was comfortable with a no-deal exit at a later date.

Rory Stewart said those promising a no-deal Brexit were telling fairy stories.

This afternoon some of the candidates have been at a hustings of Conservative MPs in the Commons.