Boris Johnson last week joined 11 other Tory MPs in the race to take over the leadership of the Conservative Party and Number 10 in an effort to deliver Brexit. The Tory leadership contest is set to officially start on June 7, when Theresa May will step down after three years in power attempting to deliver the UK out of the European Union. But The Pledge panellist Trevor Philipps suggested Mr Johsnon may not meet the expectations of pro-Brexit British voters should he win the challenge.
Discussing the latest development of the contest with Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel, Mr Phillips said: “What I think is going to happen, forgive me Rachel, is that the joker in the pack will be your brother.
“I can’t tell you how much it’s like chewing ground glass for me to say this.
“I think he may emerge as victor, Tory party leader, and also, because of his capacity to have amnesia about everything he promised, as the guy who says, ‘you know what, I’m going to get a deal that doesn’t look anything like what I’ve been promising for the last three years but you’re going to buy it from me’.”
Despite his damning assessment, Mr Phillips conceded: “Actually, he may be the person who gets us through this.”
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The selection process for the new Tory leader will take place in two stages, first allowing MPs to whittle down options, and then giving the wider party a chance to vote on the two remaining candidates.
The next Conservative leader and Prime Minister has been urged not to leave the European Union on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms on October 31 and “aim to bring clarity as soon as possible”.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly stated he will seek to ensure the United Kingdom leaves the EU no later than October with or without a formal arrangement with the bloc.
London Chamber of Commerce CEO David Frost, who also served as former advisor to Mr Johsnon, said: “It is all very well to insist the next Prime Minister must avoid Brexit on WTO terms and instead strike a deal with the EU. But no Prime Minister can actually guarantee that.
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“That is because it isn’t just a UK decision: it’s also for the EU. That is why, as we have said, business needs to be confident that Government is still preparing for a No Deal Brexit and engaging fully with business organisations and individual firms.”
Mr Frost added: “Although some of our members cannot prepare effectively, others can, and did so in the run-up to 29 March. For them, it is the prolonged uncertainty that is damaging. So the new Conservative leader should aim to bring clarity as soon as possible.”
Boris Johnson is set to reveal an “army” of backers for his Tory leadership bid on Monday.
The former foreign secretary’s team will reportedly launch his social media campaign for the top job that day before a number of Tories come out to back him.
An insider told The Sun: “There are MPs supporting Boris who’ve been told to wait until Monday to go public. It could be an army.”