June 25, 2019 / 3:27 PM / 24 days ago

UK PM contender Johnson challenges rival to commit to Oct. 31 Brexit date

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - Boris Johnson, front-runner in the race to become British prime minister, has challenged his rival Jeremy Hunt to commit to leaving the European Union on Oct. 31, whether he has agreed a Brexit deal or not.

“For my part, I have been clear that, if I am elected leader, we will leave on 31 October with or without a deal,” he said in a letter to Hunt, which Johnson published on Twitter. “Will you join me in this commitment to leave on 31 October come what may?”

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison

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