Jeremy Hunt sparks Tory leadership bid rumours after saying he backs Brexit

FOREIGN Secretary Jeremy Hunt sparked talk of his own leadership bid yesterday by saying he now backed leave.

The former Remain campaigner said his “views had changed” since getting his new Cabinet post and Brexit was “vital”.

Alamy Live News Ex-Remainer Jeremy Hunt’s sudden support of Brexit has sparked rumours of a Tory leadership bid[/caption]

And he said ending Britain’s EU membership was the only way of restoring sovereignty and ensures decisions “are taken closer to the people they affect”.

The comments in a Sunday newspaper column were immediately latched on by Eurosceptics. One said: “Forget Boris, Jeremy’s the one making a bid now.”

It came as Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the rival Brexit plan pushed by arch Eurosceptics – a Canada style free trade deal – had a lot “to commend it”.

Sources claimed former Chancellor George Osborne is advising the Tory rising star on a potential challenge.

Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt said political leaders had to inspire ‘participation and courage’AFP

And yet another leadership contender, International Aid Secretary Penny Mordaunt staked her own claim by slamming the political elite.

In a speech she said leaders had to inspire “participation and courage”.

The blasts came ahead of yet another critical week for Brexit with Eurosceptics poised to finally launch their plans to destroy Theresa May’s soft Chequers compromise.

The Eurosceptics led by Tory MPs Steve Baker and Jacob Rees Mogg will publish a blueprint for their way to solve the Northern Ireland-Irish border...


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