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Tory Party Leader Election – Round 4

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Voting in the fourth round of elections for a new leader of the Tory party has completed (20 June 2019).

In this round, the contender with the least number of votes is eliminated.

Results were as follows:

1. Boris Johnson 157 (143) (126) (114)

2. Michael Gove 61 (51) (41) (37)

3. Jeremy Hunt 59 (54) (46) (43)

Eliminated

4. Sajid Javid 34 (38) (33) (23)

(and there were 2 spoilt ballot papers)

The final ballot is due to take place later today, with the result announced around 18:00. The top 2 candidates will then be put to a final vote by members of the Conservative Party over the next 4 weeks with the result being announced later in July.

Tory Party Leader Election – Round 3

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Voting in the third round of elections for a new leader of the Tory party has completed (19 June 2019).

In this round the contender with the least number of votes is eliminated.

Results were as follows:

1. Boris Johnson 143 (126) (114)

2. Jeremy Hunt 54 (46) (43)

3. Michael Gove 51 (41) (37)

4. Sajid Javid 38 (33) (23)

Eliminated

5. Rory Stewart 27 (37) (19)

Further ballots are scheduled to take place on 20 June to reduce the number of candidates until two are left. In each of these rounds the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated

The final two will be put to a vote of the Conservative Party membership from 22 June, with the result expected four weeks later.

Tory Party Leader Election – Round 2

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Voting in the second round of elections for a new leader of the Tory party has completed (18 June 2019).

In this round all those with fewer than 33 votes, or if all contenders have more than 33 votes the one with the least number of votes, are eliminated.

Results were as follows:

1. Boris Johnson 126 (114)

2. Jeremy Hunt 46 (43)

3. Michael Gove 41 (37)

4. Rory Stewart 37 (19)

5. Sajid Javid 33 (23)

Eliminated

6. Dominic Raab 30 (27)

Matt Hancock withdrew from the leadership contest on 14 June, prior to the second vote.

Further ballots are scheduled to take place on 19, 20 June to reduce the number of candidates until two are left. In each of these rounds the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated

The final two will be put to a vote of the Conservative Party membership from 22 June, with the result expected four weeks later.

Tory Party Leader Election – Round 1

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Voting in the first round of elections for a new leader of the Tory party has completed.

In this round those with fewer than 17 votes, or if all contenders have more than 17 votes the one with the least number of votes, are eliminated

Results were as follows:

1. Boris Johnson 114

2. Jeremy Hunt 43

3. Michael Gove 37

4. Dominic Raab 27

5. Sajid Javid 23

6. Matt Hancock 20

7. Rory Stewart 19

Eliminated

8. Andrea Leadsom 11

9. Mark Harper 10

10. Esther McVey 9

Further ballots are scheduled to take place on 18, 19 and 20 June to reduce the number of candidates until two are left.

The final two will be put to a vote of the Conservative Party membership from 22 June, with the result expected four weeks later.

EU Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June EU Council (Article 50)

On the 12 June 2019, the EU Commission issued a Press Release on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Ahead of the June European Council (Article 50), the European Commission has today taken stock – in its fifth Brexit Preparedness Communication – of the European Union’s Brexit preparedness and contingency measures, particularly in light of the decision taken on 11 April by the European Council (Article 50), at the request of and in agreement with the United Kingdom, to extend the Article 50 period to 31 October 2019.

In light of the continued uncertainty in the United Kingdom regarding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement – as agreed with the UK government in November 2018 – and the overall domestic political situation, a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 1 November 2019 very much remains a possible, although undesirable, outcome.

Since December 2017, the European Commission has been preparing for a ‘no-deal’ scenario. To date, the Commission has tabled 19 legislative proposals, 18 of which have been adopted by the European Parliament and Council. Political agreement has been reached on the remaining proposal – the contingency Regulation on the EU budget for 2019 –, which is expected to be formally adopted later this month. The Commission has also adopted 63 non-legislative acts and published 93 preparedness notices. In light of the extension of the Article 50 period, the Commission has screened all these measures to ensure that they continue to meet their intended objectives.

The Commission has concluded that there is no need to amend any measures on substance and that they remain fit for purpose. The Commission does not plan any new measures ahead of the new withdrawal date.

The Commission recalls that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to prepare for all scenarios. Given that a ‘no-deal’ scenario remains a possible outcome, the Commission strongly encourages all stakeholders to take advantage of the extra time provided by the extension to ensure that they have taken all necessary measures to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Today’s Communication provides details on the extensive preparations in the EU27 in areas such as citizens’ residence and social security entitlements, customs and taxation, transport, fishing, financial services as well as medicinal products, medical devices and chemical substances.

In a ‘no-deal’ scenario, the UK will become a third country without any transitional arrangements. All EU primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the UK from that moment onwards. There will be no transition period, as provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement. This will obviously cause significant disruption for citizens and businesses and would have a serious negative economic impact, which would be proportionally much greater in the United Kingdom than in the EU27 Member States.

Full details at

‘No-deal’ Brexit: European Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

EU-press-release_IP-19-2951_en (pdf)

Other associated documents:

Communication From The Commission To The European Parliament, The European Council, The Council, The European Central Bank, The European Economic And Social Committee, The Committee Of The Regions And The European Investment Bank

EU_Preparations_DOC_1 (pdf)

ANNEX 1 to the Communication From The Commission To The European Parliament, The European Council, The Council, The European Central Bank, The European Economic And Social Committee, The Committee Of The Regions And The European Investment Bank

EU_Preparations_DOC_2 (pdf)

ANNEX 2 to the Communication From The Commission To The European Parliament, The European Council, The Council, The European Central Bank, The European Economic And Social Committee, The Committee Of The Regions And The European Investment Bank

EU_Preparations_DOC_3 (pdf)

It is also worth noting that if the UK leaves without an agreed deal with the EU, that they would insist on some pre-conditions prior to discussing a future trade agreement with the UK:

As outlined by President Juncker in the European Parliament on 3 April 2019, should a ‘no-deal’ scenario occur, the UK would be expected to address three main separation issues as a precondition before the EU would consider embarking on discussions about the future relationship:

These are:

(1) Protecting and upholding the rights of citizens who have used their right to free movement before Brexit,

(2) Honouring the financial obligations the UK has made as a Member State and

(3) Preserving the letter and spirit of the Good Friday Agreement and peace on the island of Ireland, as well as the integrity of the internal market.

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