Tax cuts, new migration rules and Brexit hardball – how Boris and Hunt's plans for Britain compare

MAJOR splits are emerging between Team Boris and Team Hunt over their plans for delivering Brexit and running Britain.

Boris has repeatedly promised he will leave by October 31, saying: "do or die" and he won't seek another extension.

But Mr Hunt's said he would only leave without a deal "with a heavy heart" and has labelled the October date a "fake deadline" which could spark an election by accident.

He said yesterday that he was not prepared to crash out without an agreement if there was still the "prospect of a better deal".

Whoever wins the contest will take over from Theresa May on July 24.

Here's how the two men battling to become the next PM compare in terms of their policies and priorities.

Brexit

Boris:

Has promised to leave the EU by the end of October no matter what.

If he gets into No10 he will try to renegotiate Theresa May's Brexit deal and take the hated Northern Irish backstop out.

If he can't succeed in that he will push them for a standstill agreement for the next few years while we negotiate a trade deal – and leave effectively with No Deal.

Failing that, we will leave on World Trade Organisation terms, not pay the £39billion divorce bill, and get fully ready for it.

Hunt:

But his rival Mr Hunt has been much softer, saying he won't risk triggering the downfall of the Government and a possible general election that could let Jeremy Corbyn into No10.

The Foreign Secretary said he would leave without a deal, but it's not his preferred option.

He would also try and change the Irish backstop and the withdrawal agreement, but says his business background makes him a better negotiator.

Mr Hunt's not ruled out a third Brexit extension, but Boris has.


Taxes

Boris:

The frontrunner said he wants to cut taxes for the British people if gets into power.

He'd do this by raising the threshold for higher earners from £50,000 to £80,000. The move has been attacked for only benefiting Britain's richest people.

Boris also wants to raise the point at which lower-paid Brits have to start paying National Insurance – but he hasn't spelled out the details on who this could affect.

Hunt:

Mr Hunt wants to slash corporation tax, which he says would attract more businesses to Britain.

This would go down to 12.5 per cent and turn Britain into "the next Silicon Valley" and a "hub of innovation".

He also wants to give a lifeline to high street businesses and small trades too.

Spending

Boris:

Has vowed to find the cash to recruit 20,000 more police officers.

Hunt:

The Foreign Secretary has said he wants to spend an extra £15billion on defence if he becomes prime minister.

And last night he promised to protect free BBC TV licences for over 75s in a fresh pledge.

Immigration

Boris:

Boris unveiled his plans today for a points-based immigration system – a bit like they have in Australia.

Immigrants will be expected to contribute to the UK, with a firm job offer before they come, and be able to speak English too, he promised.

Immigration will be "fair" to people already living in Britain and they shouldn't be allowed to overstretch public services or suppress wages for locals, he said.

Everyone will have to apply to come to the UK before they do and face proper checks and vetting to stop criminals and others who pose threats.

He also promised to protect EU citizens' rights no matter what, and never use them as a bargaining chip.

Hunt:

Mr Hunt has vowed to scrap the immigration cap of reducing it to the tens of thousands – which Mrs May has stuck to throughout her time in office.

He's said that Britain should not pull down the shutters after we leave – and promised to review the proposed £30,000 minimum salary level for people coming to the UK from the EU.

Sources close to the Hunt campaign said their system would be "fair" and "in Britain's interests".

NHS

Boris:

Boris is still vowing to spend the money we would send to the EU on the NHS.

He recently told Tory activists that the NHS needs reform and more money put into it.

Hunt:

Mr Hunt, the ex-Health Secretary, says he wants to put in place a new scheme for people to save for old age health care like they do their pensions.

And he wants to put mental health support in every school.

Education and schools

Boris:

Boris has promised to spent £5,000 on every secondary school pupil.

Hunt:

Mr Hunt, on the other hand, has vowed to abolish illiteracy if he gets into power.

And will cut the interest rate for students paying back university fees.




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