UK PM contenders say European Union will drop Irish backstop for Brexit deal

Erika Holt
July 14, 2019

The Foreign Secretary maintained prime ministers should "only make promises they know they can deliver".

Sharing screen space, Boris Johnson, Hunt's rival and the frontrunner in the leadership contest, said the United Kingdom would leave by October 31 "come what may", and that if this did not happen it would lead to "a huge erosion of trust in politics".

Sir Kim resigned his post on Wednesday following leaks of 2017 diplomatic cables where the ambassador called President Donald J Trump "insecure" and his administration "inept". "I for one would be prepared to go and seek judicial review".

When asked whether the front-runner to replace her, Boris Johnson, understood the seriousness of the office of prime minister, May said she thought that both he and Jeremy Hunt understood the job's responsibility - although she did not endorse either candidate.

However, Hunt refused to commit to Britain's departure from the European Union by the end of the year, saying only that he "expects" the country will have left by then.

"I'm not going to give you those commitments", Mr Hunt said in the BBC interview.

Furious Tory MPs accused the former foreign secretary, who is favourite to succeed Theresa May, of throwing Mr Darroch "under a bus", leaving him no option but to resign.

"He said that what somebody had relayed to him had been a factor in his resignation", Mr Johnson said. "There are other things - I mediate I doubtless if truth be told might well also unprejudiced quiet have confidence accomplished the TV debates".

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Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said later that Ankara would begin the deployment of the S-400 systems in October 2019. The Pentagon is seeking new parts suppliers to replace those coming from Turkey should it buy the Russian defense system.

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

In her last TV interview with political editor Laura Kuenssberg, the PM spoke of "frustration" at no longer seeing Brexit through and underestimating how "entrenched" MPs had change into.

Mrs May said she had wrongly assumed MPs would be "eager to get Brexit over the line". But she was sorry about having to leave when "there was more that I wanted to do".

One of the two contenders will succeed May as the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister, with the victor due to be announced on July 23.

"They are based on the evidence that men and women up and down this country running businesses, working in businesses, have made it crystal clear to me what that means and I will always represent them", he said.

Vaz said she agreed with former Attorney General, the Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who had commented that if parliament was suspended it would be be the end of parliamentary democracy. "But everybody in Parliament had a responsibility in how they voted on this issue".

"On the other side, people who said they didn't want to leave with no deal, but weren't prepared to vote for a deal in order to make sure that what they wanted happened".

He said Parliament would be "willing to sit at weekends, will be willing to sit late, to do this" but that it "may take a few extra days and I would be willing to allow those days".

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