BuzzFeed News can reveal Downing Street has warned big business to get on board with its Brexit plans, as tensions mount between Number 10 and the Treasury over Johnson's election promises.
Alex WickhamNEW: Aides accept No10 is trying to create a narrative that no-deal can’t be stopped – including briefing about a Nov election
Is it a bluff to get a better deal? Or will they do it?
“It is both at the same time”
“Unlike May they will follow through”
Alex WickhamOne factor in No10's seriousness about a November election is a forecast that if there is no-deal, the first serious job losses would happen around Christmas
This provides a "window" for a snap Brexit election before the full impact of no-deal is felt
Alex Wickham💥At a tense meeting in No10, senior aides led by David Frost sought big business Brexit support
"Early things matter" No10 said
Translated by one biz figure: “We’re here for a while. If you want influence you can have it, if you don’t you can fuck off"
Conservative grandees Sir Graham Brady and Sir Michael Fallon accepted travel and accommodation worth nearly £17,000 from the Cayman government.
Alex WickhamEXC: Two senior Tory MPs, Sir Graham Brady and Sir Michael Fallon, vowed to defend the Cayman Islands in its company secrecy battle with the UK — while on a free trip to the tax haven last month worth nearly £17,000
Exclusive: Blair Gibbs, the prime minister's new policy adviser, is joining Downing Street from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis.
Alex WickhamJohnson's new crime and justice adviser joins No10 from Britain's main cannabis lobbying group
Blair Gibbs backs the Canada legalisation model and says the UK needs to legislate to allow recreational cannabis use in a way that "fits its own culture"
Alex WickhamNEW: Boris Johnson's top aides want to legalise cannabis
The PM is hiring Blair Gibbs from the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis as his adviser on crime and justice policy in No10. He is a long-standing advocate of legalising the drug
Exclusive: Leaked emails between key second referendum supporters including Alastair Campbell and AC Grayling reveal the campaign is embroiled in acrimony between its "warring factions".
Alex WickhamThe People's Vote civil war centres on a fundamental strategic disagreement over whether it should overtly campaign to remain in the EU
Rudd and the grassroots: yes
Campbell, Baldwin, Mandelson: no
The Tory leadership frontrunner has endorsed a report specifically calling for his donor's port at Bristol to be made a tax-free zone.
Alex WickhamNEW: Boris Johnson has today backed a Singapore-style tax free port at Bristol… six weeks after receiving a £25,000 payment from the owners of Bristol port
Cash-for-policy questions for the Tory leadership frontrunner
The favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister ate at an Italian joint owned by Lycamobile — former donors who stand accused of money laundering.
Alex WickhamNEW: Boris Johnson's secret Lycamobile dinner... as the telecoms giant faces a probe into whether it laundered millions of euros
Johnson won't say what the meeting was about. He has previously received donations from Lycamobile
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Hunt thinks the race to be prime minister is closer than people think. His team revealed his plan to grab the keys to Number 10.
Alex WickhamNEW: Jeremy Hunt is 36 points behind Boris Johnson. Does he have a hope of making it to No10?
Inside look at his campaign: why Hunt thinks the race is closer than believed, his path to victory, and internal fears about where things haven't gone right
BuzzFeed News asked all of the prime ministerial hopefuls whether they would legislate to give people in Northern Ireland the same rights the rest of the UK.
Alex WickhamNEW: None of the men hoping to be the next PM will extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland
Every candidate answered except Boris Johnson, who once again refused to comment. Yesterday he was the only one who did not respond re Trump
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The Tory leadership candidate assured reporters on Monday morning that he'd never broken the criminal law, but later clarified that in response to questions from BuzzFeed News.
Alex WickhamNEW: Jeremy Hunt has admitted to breaking the law just five hours after claiming he had never done so
He says tonight that he 'accepts responsibility' for 'mistakes' breaching his own government's anti-money laundering laws in a 'genuine oversight'
Alex Wickham@AVMikhailova "Have you ever broken the law?"
*five hours later*
"Oh apart from last year when I breached anti-money laundering laws brought in while I was in the cabinet..."
The Tory leadership candidate has faced repeated questions about his attitudes to women since he launched his campaign.
Alex WickhamNEW: BuzzFeed News has uncovered comments by Dominic Raab in which said gender pay audits should be shelved, the Government Equalities Office abolished and argued women enjoy an “unfair advantage” over men at work
We asked him if he still believes that
Lev Mikheev has donated £10,000 to Stewart's bid to be prime minister. He previously set up a fund that focussed on Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Alex WickhamNEW: Boris Johnson's leadership campaign has received tens of thousands of pounds from donors linked to tax havens
Alex WickhamNEW: Rory Stewart has pitched his leadership campaign as a plucky DIY effort with handheld videos of him meeting voters
Behind the scenes it is being bankrolled by a Russian financier who ran a hedge fund focussing on stocks in Russia and the former USSR