Boris Johnson Wins the Second Tory Leadership Vote

Boris Johnson Wins the Second Tory Leadership Vote

A new prime minister should be chosen by the end of July.

Remaining candidates will face further ballots later this week in another knockout contest where the bottom-ranked MPs will be knocked out until only two are left.

The former foreign minister was far ahead of the rest of the pack, stretching a lead which, for many, makes Johnson the all but inevitable victor to replace Prime Minister Theresa May and take on Britain's so far ill-fated Brexit negotiations.

The outcome of the leadership battle could determine under what conditions Britain leaves the European Union. "I'm the only candidate committed to leaving by the end of October, come what may", Raab said.

The former Brexit secretary had attacked Boris Johnson's political style, asserting that "bluff and bluster" wouldn't deliver Brexit.

Opponents of "no-deal" say it would cause economic chaos as Britain breaks up with its top trading partner.

He was the only one not to reach the minimum threshold of 33 votes during the second-round ballot of MPs.

Shortly before the results of the vote were announced today, Maitlis had joked on screen that all of the candidates might not show up.

Mr Johnson is expected to face his toughest test of the leadership campaign when he faces the other candidates for the first time in the live televised debate on the BBC.

Mr Johnson tweeted his thanks to those who voted for him in the secret ballot.

A victor of the contest is expected to be announced in the week beginning July 22.

In Tuesday's vote, the lowest-placed contender will drop out, along with any who fail to get at least 33 votes.

But Stewart said a no-deal Brexit would be "deeply damaging" and threatening self-harm is an attempt to extract concessions from Brussels was "nonsense".

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson.

Hunt has repeatedly highlighted his background as an entrepreneur, claiming it will stand him in good stead to negotiate a better Brexit deal.

And International Development Secretary Rory Stewart's campaign was boosted by the backing of Cabinet Office Minister and de facto deputy prime minister David Lidington.

He repeatedly challenged the others to detail their own Brexit plans and accused them of "machismo", earning rounds of applause from the studio audience for his comments. Indeed, Johnson hit the headlines in 2016 when it transpired before coming out in favour of Brexit during the referendum campaign he'd written two versions of one article - one for leave and one for remain - before declaring for the out campaign.

Johnson says he will take Britain out of the European Union by October 31 whether or not there is a deal with Brussels to smooth the transition, potentially setting up a fight with parliament. He said that he did not want a disorderly no-deal Brexit but that the government had to be ready for that eventuality.

Rudd also described the idea of asking the Queen to suspend parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit, which has been touted by Dominic Raab, as "absolutely outrageous".

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