- The various prime ministerial candidates in the UK have spoken out about their Brexit plans
- Jeremy Hunt has stated that he would consider a no deal Brexit
The race for the position of Prime Minister of the UK is currently ongoing and while certain candidates are beginning to emerge as the most likely to win the seat, there is currently discussion among the various candidates as to how they would handle Brexit which is perhaps the most pressing matter for the British public at the moment.
Now it is believed that the UK will exit the EU by 31 October 2019 but a failure on the part of Parliament to agree on an exit plan threatens this. Now on June 16, 2019, Jeremy Hunt, a candidate for the position, has stated that he would be willing to renegotiate a Brexit deal and also did not commit to leaving the EU on the given date.
The Candidates and Their Stances
Hunt stated on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that the EU is open to possible solutions regarding the Northern Ireland issue.
“They say if they were approached by a British prime minister who had ideas on how to solve the Northern Ireland backstop, they would be willing to renegotiate the package,” he said.
He also said that it would be wrong for him to commit to an October 31 exit date and added that if there was no prospect of a deal, he would be prepared to accept a no-deal Brexit.
While Hunt has stated that he would be willing to negotiate a Brexit deal, the EU has stated that the withdrawal agreement that is presented by the UK will not be reopened under any circumstance. This is a stance that has been supported by Rory Stewart, another leadership contender, who stated that there is no new negotiation with the EU. Stewart instead stated that he would propose setting up a Citizens jury to break the Brexit impasse which has loomed in Parliament for months.
His plan includes a group of 50,000 people that will be selected randomly to form an electoral register and they would be informed by late July to see if they will be available to participate. Candidates who were selected would be reviewed b a polling company who would reduce the number and make sure that the final people chosen were representative of the entire country and they will be given three weeks to make a recommendation to parliament which would either they accepted or denied.
The success or failure of a Brexit plan also holds the future of the Conservative Party in the balance as Dominic Raab, another candidate stated that the Conservative Party will be ruined unless they Meet the October deadline.
Boris Johnson, on the other hand, has come out to state that she would be committed to living by the October 31 date.