Jeremy Hunt to press ahead with Northern Ireland Protocol legislation if he becomes Prime Minister

Jeremy Hunt would continue with legislation to override the NI Protocol if he became the new Prime Minister

Jeremy Hunt says he would continue with controversial legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol if he became the new Prime Minister.

The Tory leadership candidate said the Government's legal advice on the Bill to allow ministers to overwrite parts of the post-Brexit treaty is that it "doesn't break the law".

He told LBC: "The Northern Ireland Protocol has to change and that's why I supported this Bill.

"I hope that with somebody who wasn't Boris Johnson in No 10 the mood music of our relations with the EU would change and we could legally negotiate some proper changes to the protocol.

"I think we have to be very clear with the EU that no British prime minister could allow a situation where we don't have an internal market, where businesses from England can export freely to businesses in Northern Ireland."