Ask the candidates to explain how they will deliver Brexit

Rory Stewart has challenged the candidates to be the next prime minister to answer 10 short questions on how they will deliver Brexit.

If you want some honest answers, please tweet to @sajidjavid @Jeremy_Hunt @michaelgove and @BorisJohnson to ask them to respond. You can do it with one click here.

Here are Rory's responses, so you know where he stands.

1. Do you promise to leave the EU by 31st October?

No. I am so impatient - as is the public to get this done. And I can get this done quicker than anyone else. Because I am not going to waste time reopening the withdrawal agreement and trying to get a new deal out of Brussels. I will start with parliament. I believe all MPs have received an electric shock from the European elections and will want to get this done. I have the skills and the relationships which give me the best chance of getting those extra 45 votes. But no-one can promise that because we live in a parliamentary democracy and that is a decision for parliament. I will do all I can - tirelessly and relentlessly to win the debate in parliament. But I’m not going to break our constitution and suspend parliament.

2. What specific parts of the Withdrawal Agreement do you seek to change?

None. The EU have been repeatedly clear that they will not change the Withdrawal Agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement is the best and only option to leave the EU.

3. Do you remain committed to the definition of a hard border that the UK and the EU agreed in December 2017?


4. Will you promise that you would never suspend parliament to force a no-deal Brexit through?


5. Will you pursue a No Deal Brexit?


6. So how would you deliver a no-deal Brexit against the consent of parliament?

I wouldn’t - it would be improper and unconstitutional.

7. If you will countenance No Deal, what tariffs should a sheep farmer in Enniskillen or a car manufacturer in Sunderland exporting to the EU expect to pay on day one of the new trading relationship?

I would never countenance No Deal. I believe in a yes deal that works for us and our economy.

8. Will you rule out a General Election this year, at all costs?


9. If your plan is to deliver Brexit by 31st October and you don’t succeed would you resign?

If I had made a public promise of that importance and failed to deliver of course I would resign.

10. There are just 100 days between July 23 and October 31. Please set out your proposed timetable for renegotiation and legislation in that period?

I would sit parliament straight away in July with the existing 500 page text, get the key 45 votes on side, and work morning and night to get the deal through parliament as soon as humanly possible. If I was not successful, I am the only candidate with a Plan B - holding a Brexit Assembly to break the deadlock. I believe that if we don’t waste time pretending to negotiate with Europe and with real commitment we could do that quickly. But I will not make promises I cannot keep.

Rory Stewart