Conservative management Jeremy Hunt has unveiled his “detailed” 10-point plan to deal with a no-deal Brexit, together with a £6bn conflict chest for farmers and fishermen, after admitting leaving the EU with no deal would destroy jobs and companies.
It got here as his rival, Boris Johnson, was accused of misrepresenting the financial concepts of a 14th century Tunisian scholar after claiming he may lower taxes and improve income.
In the meantime, pro-Jeremy Corbyn organisation Momentum has launched a contemporary drive to unseat Mr Johnson – who couldn’t identify the quantity paid underneath the residing wage throughout his newest TV interview – on the subsequent common election.
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A heckler at a backyard centre has informed Tory frontrunner Boris Johnson his concepts had been “preposterous” and mentioned it was “a disgrace your brother’s not operating”.
Right here’s our chief enterprise commentator James Moore’s tackle among the outlandish tax and spending claims made by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.
Sir Mark Sedwill will, by the way, be contacting Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn after stories emerged that authorities officers had claimed he was “too frail” to be prime minister.
Theresa Might’s official spokesman mentioned the cupboard secretary “might be writing to the chief of the opposition shortly”. Labour has already demanded an unbiased investigation.
Right here’s political correspondent Lizzy Buchan with the small print.
Some dialogue about the way forward for Sir Mark Sedwill, the cupboard secretary, when both Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt turns into PM. Theresa Might is eager that the top of the civil service keep in place, apparently.
Now Tory MP Rory Stewart – knocked out of the management contest within the earlier rounds of voting – has ridiculed the candidates’ tax and spending plans.
Boris Johnson has been out assembly folks at a backyard centre close to Halstead in Kent this lunchtime. Tory members get the prospect to grill him in a while Brexit, taxes and his spending pledges later as we speak, when the candidate holds a “phone city corridor” occasion at 6pm.
IFS director Paul Johnson has defined simply why the Tory candidates are throwing round spending pledges amounting to £26bn and £27bn.
“There may be £26bn of headroom, the cash is there,” Tory management frontrunner Boris Johnson has claimed whereas out campaigning in Kent.
A reminder that the widely-respected Institute of Fiscal Research (IFS) has already ridiculed the thought.
“There is no such thing as a £27bn Brexit conflict chest,” IFS director Paul Johnson informed Newsnight. He mentioned that if the conservative management candidates need to borrow extra “they need to simply say they need to borrow extra. There isn’t a conflict chest to spend.”
Regardless of Jeremy Hunt earlier warning “colleagues” within the Commons to not block no-deal, Labour MP Jonathan Ashworth mentioned his celebration would nonetheless attempt to cease it in parliament.
Right here’s our deputy political editor Rob Merrick with extra on Jeremy Hunt’s vow to “stop all discussions” with Brussels on the finish of September if the EU has did not budge.
How will Jeremy Hunt’s no-deal Brexit plan be acquired in Brussels? EU chiefs could also be too busy to note for the time being as a summit to select Jean-Claude Juncker’s successor has gone by means of the early hours and picked up once more this morning.
Right here’s our Europe correspondent Jon Stone with the small print.
Tory celebration chairman Lord Patten is the newest senior determine to criticise spending plans laid out by Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. “The talk is terrible, with the newest marketing campaign on each side… with all of the tax pledges and spending pledges…making the Labour Get together appear to be fiscal moderates,” he says.
Boris Johnson has refused to decide to pay rises for public sector staff regardless of his cupboard backer Matt Hancock saying the management frontrunner would present them “some love”.
Talking throughout a go to to a Kent backyard centre, Mr Johnson mentioned: “I definitely suppose that that you must have first rate pay within the public sector.”
Pressed a number of instances on Mr Hancock’s feedback, he declined to make a concrete pledge. “In fact he’s proper we’re going to ensure that we correctly fund our public companies,” Mr Johnson mentioned.
“It’s essential while you’re answerable for an incredible public service, whether or not it’s the police or transport, you’ve received to verify – or native authorities – you’ve received to just be sure you perceive their cares and their wants.”
Regardless of Jeremy Hunt’s plan for a £6bn no-deal “conflict chest”, the chancellor Philip Hammond has dismissed the concept any “fiscal firepower” could be out there if Britain crashed out of the EU with none financial settlement in place.
Right here’s Jeremy Hunt explaining how he imagines August, September and October may pan out underneath his no-deal Brexit preparation plan.
Jeremy Hunt has additionally warned MPs towards any try to dam a no-deal Brexit.
Cupboard secretary Mark Sedwill will write to Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour chief demanded an inquiry into civil service leaks on his well being, in keeping with our correspondent Lizzy Buchan, attending this morning’s foyer briefing.
The PM’s official spokesman mentioned: “Impartiality is among the elementary values of the civil service and underpins its skill to successfully serve the federal government of the day.
“It will clearly be inappropriate and unacceptable for feedback of this type to have been made or briefed to the press.
“The cupboard secretary might be writing to the chief of the opposition shortly. I don’t suppose you’d count on me to reveal the contents of that letter prematurely of it being despatched.”
Jeremy Hunt says he’ll enable solely three weeks for negotiations with EU after a vote for a “new plan” within the Commons.
“As PM I’ll make a judgement on 30th September as as to if there’s a sensible likelihood of a brand new deal being agreed that may move the Home of Commons,” he says.
“If my judgement is that there isn’t a deal to be performed I’ll instantly stop all discussions with the European Union and focus the entire nation’s consideration on no deal preparations.”
Extra particulars. Alongside pledging further safety for the fishing and farming industries by means of a £6bn stimulus bundle, Jeremy Hunt will produce a no-deal Brexit funds, with company tax slashed to 12.5 per cent and 90 per cent of excessive road companies exempted from having to pay charges.
Jeremy Hunt has taken to the stage at his Coverage Change hustings occasion and is unveiling a 10-point plan to deal with a no-deal Brexit.
“All authorities departments might be anticipated to behave on the premise that we’re leaving with no deal on October 31,” he says.
He has pledged to create a particular no-deal cupboard job power, and a brand new negotiating with members of the ERG, DUP, One Nation Group & Welsh & Scottish Conservatives”.
Hunt has additionally claimed he and the Brexit Secretary “will interact with European leaders and the European Fee throughout July and August”.