Jeremy Hunt considering bid to replace Cameron as PM

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:54 GMT, Jun 28, 2016 |

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday he was seriously considering entering the race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister.

Hunt, who backed the campaign to stay in the European Union, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme he was weighing up whether to put his name forward before nominations for the next Conservative party leader close on Thursday.

“I am seriously considering it,” he said “What I want to do is to make the argument as to the kind of Britain that we need to be outside the EU. This is a big, big change and if we get it right we can succeed.”

Cameron announced he would resign after Britons voted to leave the EU. Boris Johnson, who was the most high-profile figure in the Leave camp, is favourite to replace him, but a number of other prominent Conservatives are also thought to be considering a leadership bid.

Hunt said Britain must remain part of the single market, and writing in the Daily Telegraph he said Britain could hold a second referendum on EU membership if it could broker a deal with the bloc to allow full control of its borders.