Andrea Leadsom outlined how she plans to re-open Brexit negotiations with the EU, during an interview with BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire. The Tory leadership candidate claimed the EU will come back to the negotiation table to see what can be “scraped” from a deal. Speaking on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, she said: “All your viewers will know that in a negotiation when you are prepared to walk away people come back to the table to see what can be scraped out of that deal. And what can be implemented that’s in all of our interests. It’s simply not credible to say that the EU will just tell us to go away when clearly it’s in their interest that citizens’ rights are protected.
“That the future for goods in circulation at the time of exit can be resolved, that air transport can be resolved.
“These are very sensible measures, it’s not right that the EU will simply turn around and refuse on the basis on the suffering that that would cause on their economy as well as ours.”
Ms Derbyshire remarked: “You don’t know that. So it is a gamble.”
Ms Leadsom hit back: “No it’s not a gamble, it’s a probability with pragmatic politicians acting in the interests of their people.”
The field of candidates to succeed Theresa May is set to be cut in half with five Tory hopefuls facing the axe in the first round of voting tomorrow.
A Sky news poll has found Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid will proceed to the second ballot after receiving the backing of 16 other MPs.
According to the data Mr Johnson has the support of 74 MPs, 42 more than his closest contender Jeremy Hunt.
The rest of the field look certain to fight it out for the one remaining spot to challenge Mr Johnson when the shortlist is finally cut down to just two for Tory Party members to vote on.
Michael Gove has 30 MPs, whilst Dominic Raab has 22 and Sajid Javid scrapes through on 19.
Matt Hancock has 16 MPs, Mark Harper eight, Rory Stewart seven, Esther McVey six and Andrea Leadsom five.
As a result Matt Hancock 16, Mark Harper eight, Rory Stewart seven, Esther McVey six and Andrea Leadsom five are likely to be eliminated.
The data compiled the voting intentions of 218 of the 313 Tory MPs.