Tory Leader LIVE: Johnson rules out Farage pact – ‘He doesn’t share our values’


Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt ruled out calling another general election, agreeing that the next UK prime minister must first prioritise Britain’s departure from the EU. The two rivals said the best way to improve the Tory’s polling rankings, and chances of winning the next election, was to deliver Brexit. When speaking to party members in east London last night, Mr Hunt said it was vital to prove that: “We are still a great democracy that does what the people tell us to do.”

Mr Johnson ruled out a deal with the Brexit Party if Parliament was unable to pass a deal or back a no deal exit.

He said: “I don’t think the Conservative Party should do deals with any other parties.”

When asked directly about forming a pact with Mr Farage, after an audience member shouted he “does not share our values”, Mr Johnson said: “Yes, I rule it out”.

Mr Johnson, who is currently the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race, said he was confident of his ability to renegotiate a withdrawal deal with Brussels, that would then be approved by Parliament.

He said: “We have friends in Brussels, plenty of people who will want to negotiate with us throughout the summer.

“If there is a refusal to compromise, if they won’t change a dot or a comma of this withdrawal agreement, then obviously we have no choice than to come out on different terms and that’s what we’ll do.”

The foreign secretary also said he was confident he could renegotiate the current Brexit deal.

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But despite the two rivals renegotiation plans, EU chiefs have repeatedly stated Theresa May’s withdrawal deal will not be renegotiated with a new prime minister.

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