A 60-strong caucus of “One-nation” Conservative MPs is poised to publish a “declaration of values” in which they will rejecting “narrow nationalism”. Ms Rudd, who last month hinted that she, like Mr Johnson, might throw her hat into the ring once Mrs May confirms the date of her resignation, is spearheading the move, along with former education secretary Nicky Morgan. They have the backing of former Prime Minister and outspoken remainer Sir John Major.
David Gauke, Greg Clark, Rory Stewart, David Mundell, Claire Perry and Caroline Nokes are also believed to be on board, reported the Mail.
Cabinet heavyweight Philip Hammond, is likely to make his own intervention tomorrow with a speech in which he will describe populism as “the politics of easy answers”.
Meanwhile International Development secretary Mr Stewart, who has already confirmed his plans to seek the Tory leadership, yesterday told BBC’s Andrew Mary the no deal option would be “damaging and unnecessary”.
He added: “If you go down the path of No Deal Brexit you’re going to lose 4 million Remain voters who voted for the Conservatives last time, so you won’t win an election, and No Deal Brexit is a vote for Jeremy Corbyn.”
The Mail cited Tory supporters of Mr Johnson as denying the former London Mayor was ready to form an electoral pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
One said: “Of course he won’t do a deal with Farage – he’s the man to beat Farage.”
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