- The final list of candidates to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister has been confirmed by the party.
- Boris Johnson is the current frontrunner to succeed her, with far more support for his leadership among Conservative members — who get the final say — than any other candidate.
- He is joined by the foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove and others.
- Conservative MPs will now whittle down the list to two candidates who will be voted on by the wider membership.
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LONDON — The final list of Conservative members of parliament running to replace Theresa May as UK prime minister has been confirmed.
A total of 10 Conservative MPs have been shortlisted, including frontrunner Boris Johnson and cabinet ministers Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove.
Previous contender Sam Gyimah announced on Monday afternoon that he had pulled out of the race, citing lack of support.
The party will now part in a series of votes to whittle down the list to two names, who will then be voted on by the wider party at the end of July.
Here is a full list of candidates, along with their key Brexit plans, as well as the latest odds on their prospects for becoming Britain’s next prime minister
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Brexit plan: Johnson says he would take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal on October 31, the UK’s scheduled exit date. The former foreign secretary has said he would threaten to withhold the £39 billion Brexit divorce payment until Brussels offered a better deal, scrap the Northern Irish backstop, and indicated he would sack civil servant Olly Robbins, who led May’s team of Brexit negotiators.
Other policies: Johnson has pledged to cut income tax rates for people earning more than £50,000 a year if he becomes prime minister. He pledged to use money set aside for a no-deal Brexit to raise the 40% tax threshold to £80,000. Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell said it showed how "out of touch the Tories are."
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Brexit plan: Hunt’s campaign got off to a rocky road when he was accused of flip-flopping in Brexit. The Remain-voting foreign secretary claimed the UK could "flourish and prosper" if it left the EU without a deal only to claim subsequently that it would be "political suicide" for the government to pursue such a strategy.
The foreign secretary has indicated that he would try and renegotiate the prime minister’s Brexit deal. He told Sky News that German chancellor Angela Merkel would be willing to renegotiate the whole deal and the Irish border arrangements opposed by Eurosceptic MPs.
The foreign secretary said Merkel had told him last week that the EU was "willing to negotiate on the package" if a new prime minister had the "right approach." The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of any new negotiations.
Other policies: Hunt has called for a massive boost in UK defence spending. He suggested in May that the government should double defence spending over the next decade in news that will appeal to Conservative party members. He said: "The threat picture, so dramatically reduced at the end of the cold war, has changed markedly. We are in a multipolar world without the assurance provided by unquestioned American dominance. We face a more aggressive Russia and a more assertive China. We simply do not know what the balance of power in the world will be in 25 years’ time."
Brexit plan: Leadsom resigned from Theresa May’s government last month in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit strategy. She insists her "very clearly set out" plan to leave the EU is the "only workable" solution on offer.
She pledged first to protect EU citizens’ rights in the UK, then "ramp up preparations for no deal because we have to be ready for the end of October, come what may."
She said she would lead a delegation of ministers in August to meet key EU allies in a bid to leave with a new deal, but she says the UK must be willing to leave without one.
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