1. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary:
"I think if we go headlong for no deal the most likely outcome will be a general election and that would be political suicide not just for me but for all of us in the Conservative Party and I think we just need to look at what happened in the European elections and the local elections and see it as a warning as to what would happen if we went back to the electorate in a general election, not having delivered what we promised to do last time."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary:
"There are lots of twists and turns. My priority is to get a deal that is safe, safer for business, safer for the union and allows us to move beyond Brexit. And I think that the risk of going in too hard for no deal is that you'll get a very hard response. The Europeans will say 'fine.' And then I think, as I say, we would trigger a general election one way or another and that would be extremely dangerous for the Conservative Party."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary:
"The one choice I would not make is to have a general election. I think that would be political suicide for the Conservative Party and it would mean that we'd have the most left-wing leader in history in number 10 Downing Street by Christmas."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary:
"I just think we need to be careful about saying that we will definitely leave the EU on a fixed state, deal or no deal because the risk of that is that Parliament would then try and stop a no-deal Brexit which they've already done successfully before. And then you would be pushed into a general election and I think if that happens the Conservative Party would be annihilated because we went into the last election promising to deliver Brexit. We won't have delivered it by this election if it happened."
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary:
"Things have changed. This is a problem for the European Union as much as it is a problem for us. And. I think if you go and in that spirit look for solutions that change the backstop because in its current form it's not acceptable to the UK Parliament, but offer alternative ways of giving reassurance on the Irish border, I think in the end there is a deal to be done. I've been a businessman all my life and I think there is a deal there. But it just depends how we approach it."
6 . UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid approaching reporter
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sajid Javid, UK Home Secretary:
"Good morning. If I may just say at the start here Theresa May has decided to step down. She has an incredible sense of public duty, but I do understand why she's done that. I have put my name forward as the next leader of the Conservative Party and to be prime minister. I think what we need in this country now is to rebuild trust to promote much more unity and to create a lot more opportunities particularly for younger people. And I believe I'm in a very good position to do that."
8. Javid approaching his car and getting in
9. Continuous shot of UK Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt leaving her home, UPSOUND (English) reporter asking if she'll be running in the Conservative leadership contest; UPSOUND (English) Penny Mordaunt, UK Defence Secretary: " I am just getting on with my job today. Thanks." Mordaunt getting into car
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says a general election would be "political suicide" for the Conservatives.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Hunt said that trying to leave the European Union without a deal would lead Parliament to trigger a national election that would be "absolutely catastrophic" for the Conservatives.
He said the party would get "annihilated" as it failed to deliver Brexit.
The race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May is becoming a battle over whether Britain should leave the bloc without a divorce agreement - or whether that would cause economic and political mayhem.
Hunt said he believes a deal can be negotiated by looking for "solutions that change the backstop."
"In its current form it's not acceptable to the UK Parliament, but offer alternative ways of giving reassurance on the Irish border, I think in the end there is a deal to be done," Hunt said.
May's Conservatives are reeling after the upstart Brexit Party won Britain's election for European Parliament seats.
The Conservatives came a humiliating fifth.
That led some Conservatives, including leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, to argue that the UK must leave the EU as scheduled on October 31, even if it hasn't approved a withdrawal deal.
Others say crashing out of the bloc would be reckless.