Boris Johnson denies accusations he failed to support ambassador in transatlantic row

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

Asked if she could have done more to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal with the European Union, which they rejected three times, she replied: "One could always look back and say, "If I'd sat down and talked to people more often".

Ross Thomson, Colin Clark, Douglas Ross and Andrew Bowie - are now officially backing Johnson, and three MSPs - Michelle Ballantyne, Margaret Mitchell and Oliver Mundell - have said they'll vote for him to be the next Prime Minister.

However, after his leadership rival Boris Johnson said it would be "insane" to delay Brexit again, Mr Hunt admitted his "honesty" could cost him in the race for No 10.

Speaking later at a leadership hustings in Cheltenham, he said: "Maybe I will pay a political price for being honest with people".

Mr Hunt has said that he believes he would be able to get a new deal with Brussels, but if that proved impossible, he would prepare for no deal on 31 October, making a judgment on the best course to follow at the end of September.

"I actually think there's quite a difference between Parliament and the public", she said.

Asked whether he would be prepared to delay by days, weeks or months, Mr Hunt replied: 'Well, it's not going to be months'. What people say to me is - on the one hand that I stuck too firmly to my red lines, and on the other hand people say I gave up too much, I compromised too much.

In an interview with the BBC ahead of her departure from Downing Street on 24 July, Mrs May was asked how she thought she would feel when she walks out of the door of Number 10 as prime minister for the last time.

Johnson has pledged to take Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom out of the European Union by 31 October "deal or no deal" and "do or die".

Theresa May says MPs are so entrenched over Brexit, they could not compromise on a deal for Britain's departure from the EU. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the United Kingdom national press.

Mr Johnson's lack of explicit support for Sir Kim during the ITV debate on Tuesday was widely seen to have been the final straw for the envoy following the leak of his diplomatic cables criticising President Trump's White House.

The Metropolitan Police said this evening it had opened a criminal investigation into alleged leaking of official communications Mr Darroch.

Mr Johnson is ahead in polls of grassroots Conservatives who will choose the next party leader.

The fact that Johnson, who is expected to become the next PM, didn't support the ambassador was one of the reasons he stood down, says Dr Farr, as he added that effectively, the next PM sided with the foreign government over one of his own representatives in what is an extraordinary situation.

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