Which Tory Candidates Are Prepared To Leave With No Deal?
28 May 2019, 12:13 | Updated: 28 May 2019, 14:15
As Conservatives announce their candidacy for the party leadership contest, we look at which ones are prepared to back a no-deal Brexit.
There are now 11 candidates who have declared they are running to be Conservative leader, after Theresa May announced she will step down as the party's leader in June.
Prepared To Leave With No Deal
The favourite to replace Theresa May as Tory leader and Prime Minister said that he would take the UK out of the European Union on the 31st October 'with a deal or without'.
The former Brexit Secretary has promised to keep no-deal Brexit on the table, saying it "won't be the end of the world".
Leadership candidate Esther McVey said that Brexit would happen at the end of October either with a new Brexit deal, or without a deal altogether.
The former Commons Leader said that she supported a no-deal Brexit "if necessary".
Not Ruled Out No Deal Brexit
Brexit-supporting Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised EU nationals living in the UK at the time of the referendum free British citizenship if he is chosen to replace Theresa May.
In announcing his candidacy for Tory leadership, the Home Secretary said "we must deliver Brexit", and the party needed to "restore trust, bring unity and create new opportunities".
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt described leaving with no-deal would be "political suicide" for the Conservative Party.
Kit Malthouse described his "primary objective" as securing a deal for the UK to leave with before the October deadline, but said admitted it was necessary to prepare for the possibility of no-deal. He told LBC he is the only candidate who could bring the two sides together.
Matt Hancock told LBC his party was "straining every sinew" to deliver Brexit. In announcing his bid to replace Theresa May, the Health Secretary said Brexit had to be delivered "whether we like it or not".
James Cleverly is the latest Tory to join the race to replace Theresa May. A website for his leadership bid says the pro-Leave MP can "level the playing field in a country that has become too divided".
Against No Deal Brexit
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart described Boris Johnson's stance on Brexit as "damaging and dishonest", adding the former Foreign Secretary had initially assured him he would rule out no-deal Brexit.
Other Tories who are expected to stand in the leadership contest include Liz Truss, Steve Baker and Penny Mordaunt.
Brexiteer and Deputy Chair of the ERG group Steve Baker told LBC the country should "move beyond" talking about a hard or soft Brexit.