Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to face Brexit questions in Northern Ireland

Boris Johnson hit out at the BBC at the latest Tory leadership hustings

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, the two men vying to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader and become the next United Kingdom prime minister, are now in the midst of a series of party hustings, where they are putting forward their cases for why they are the right candidate to lead the country.

Former Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve and former Labour Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett had tabled an amendment to routine finance legislation, dubbed estimates, aimed at cutting off some of the government's funding if May's successor pursued a no-deal Brexit against parliament's will.

British Chambers of Commerce co-executive director Claire Walker attacked Hunt for putting political ideology over the needs of the economy.

"What we're going to do is we will put a different offer down and say to them: 'Look - we want to get to free trade. Jobs and livelihoods will depend on it", while shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said Hunt was "willing to sacrifice the jobs and living standards of millions", calling this "the height of irresponsibility".

Mr Lamont, Mr Hunt's campaign manager in Scotland for his bid to become prime minister, said: "I'm pleased that despite what Mr Johnson has said in the past about reviewing the special funding arrangements for Scotland, he has now apparently U-turned on this policy".

He said he would make a decision on Brexit talks by September 30, ahead of the withdrawal date of October 31.

"I will mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit on you and step in to help smooth those short term difficulties".

In response, Lesley Laird for Labour said: "Jeremy Hunt is desperately lurching to the Right and ramping up the rhetoric on leaving the European Union with no-deal in order to woo Tory members".

Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain's Conservative Party, attends a hustings event in Manchester, Britain, June 29, 2019. "If we could do it for the bankers in the financial crisis, we can do it for our fisherman, farmers and small businesses now", he said in a pre-released expert of his speech.

Mr Hammond's warning came as Mr Hunt announced a £6 billion war chest to handle a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Johnson has signalled that he would be prepared to increase borrowing to fund infrastructure projects.

But the former Foreign Secretary refused to commit to pay rises for public sector workers despite his Cabinet backer Matt Hancock saying the leadership frontrunner would show them "some love".

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