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Johnson and Hunt in final showdown for UK PM job

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Published on June 20, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

Johnson and Hunt in final showdown for UK PM job

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two remaining candidates in the race to become Britain's next prime minister, after Conservative MPs waved goodbye to Michael Gove and Sajid Javid in the fourth ballot on Thursday.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Johnson and Hunt in final showdown for UK PM job

You're looking at Britain's next prime minister.

Either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt.

Conservative MPs whittled the final four candidates in the leadership race down to two on Thursday (June 20), waving goodbye to Michael Gove and Sajid Javid in the race for Britain's top spot.

Johnson has been the clear frontrunner from the beginning, gradually increasing his share of the vote in each of the five ballots.

160,000 Conservative Party grassroots members will now decide whether it will be Johnson or Hunt who will replace Theresa May by the end of July, handing the winner the responsibility for Britain's exit from the European Union.

The EU has said it will not renegotiate the divorce deal that Theresa May agreed last year -- the deal that caused her downfall.

Johnson -- who served as London mayor for eight years before becoming foreign secretary -- has vowed to take the country out of the EU by October 31st -- with or without a deal.

Whereas Hunt has said ''there is a deal to be done'' with Brussels.

Bookmakers put Johnson as the strong favourite to become prime minister.

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