ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Jeremy Hunt, one of the two candidates vying to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Monday (June 24) that he would choose a no-deal Brexit with "a heavy heart".
Hunt also added that rival Boris Johnson is avoiding public head-to-head debates on what to do about Brexit, saying it was disrespectful for Johnson to have turned down the opportunity for a head-to-head debate on Sky television.
"People need to know what you're going to do and you need to answer those questions," Hunt said.
Johnson is the favourite to win a vote of 160,000 Conservative Party members who will decide who will be the next prime minister.
Betting markets give him a 79% implied probability of winning the top job, down from 92% last week.
He has cast himself as the only candidate who can deliver Brexit on October 31 - with or without a deal - while fighting off the electoral threats of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party and socialist Jeremy Corbyn's Labour.
Last week British police were called to Johnson's home after neighbours heard a loud altercation between him and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.