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Brexit Brief: PM hopefuls make fresh funding pledges as voting approaches

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are ramping up their spending promises days before Conservative party members receive their postal ballots to decide who will become their next leader — and U.K. prime minister.

Johnson has moved to secure support by vowing to hire 20,000 extra police to “keep the streets safe and cut crime” — adding another £1bn to his spending pledges, the Financial Times reports.

However, the front-runner in the leadership race failed to rule out quitting as prime minister if he cannot deliver Brexit by October 31. Johnson has repeatedly said Britain will exit the European Union on that date, whether or not it can get a deal agreed.

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