He vowed to abandon talks after that if there was no “immediate prospect” of progress and move to a no-deal footing.
His rival Boris Johnson has vowed to leave “come what may” by 31 October.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Mr Johnson said it was important to have a “hard deadline” for leaving, adding that previous no-deal preparations had “sagged back down” after exit dates were not met.
The Conservative Party’s 160,000 members will begin voting next week and Theresa May’s successor is expected to be announced on 23 July.
- Hunt said he would engage with European leaders in July, August
- In his weekly Telegraph column, Boris Johnson again pledged to leave the European Union by Oct. 31
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who backs Johnson, told BBC Radio he doesn’t expect a situation where Parliament is suspended to get Brexit done — despite the Tory front-runner not ruling it out
- Chancellor Philip Hammond says “fiscal firepower” the government has built up will be needed to “plug the hole” a no-deal Brexit would make in public finances
If Parliament cannot agree a deal, Hunt said he would focus attention on preparing for leaving the bloc with no deal.