In the UK, one of the two top candidates to become the next British Prime Minister, Jeremy Hunt, has pledged to decide by September 30, whether there is a realistic chance of reaching a new Brexit deal with the European Union.
British public broadcaster BBC reports that the Conservative Party leadership hopeful on Monday, July 1, said he would deliver a provisional «no-deal Brexit budget» in early September and then give the EU three weeks.
If elected as Prime Minister, Hunt said he would «engage» with fellow EU leaders during August, and task a new negotiating team with producing an «alternative exit deal» – including ideas to solve the Irish border issue – to be published by the end of the month.
The other to contender, Boris Johnson has vowed to leave the bloc «come what may» by 31 October, adding on Monday, it was important to have a «hard deadline» for leaving, adding that previous no-deal preparations had cooled down after exit dates were not met.
Massive party vote
The British Conservative Party’s 160,000 members will begin voting next week and Theresa May’s successor is expected to be announced on 23 July.