Published: Sun, July 14, 2019

Mixture of pride, degree of disappointment after Brexit failure: May

Mixture of pride, degree of disappointment after Brexit failure: May

"Prime ministers should only make promises they know they can deliver".

In his BBC interview, Mr Hunt reaffirmed his commitment to leave the European Union without a deal if he was unable to negotiate a new agreement with Brussels on the terms of the UK's withdrawal.

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".

Mr Johnson denied that his failure to back British ambassador to the US Kim Darroch prompted the envoy to resign over leaked cables detailing his views of President Donald Trump.

Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is now unstoppable in the two-man race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, the latest poll revealed Thursday.

May, who is now serving as caretaker Prime Minister during the course of a leadership contest between United Kingdom foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, was forced to announce her resignation amid mounting rebellion within her own Cabinet over Brexit at the end of May.

Mr Johnson said he telephoned Sir Kim who told him he had not actually watched the debate although his comments had been passed on to him by someone else.

"He said that what somebody had relayed to him had been a factor in his resignation", Mr Johnson said.

"It had been incredibly frustrating that MPs on either side of the Leave-Remain divide had got so sort of entrenched that they just were not willing to make that compromise that would enable us to get the majority to get this through", May said in a BBC interview in 10 Downing Street on Friday. But also a degree of disappointment because there was more that I wanted to do.

Mrs May conceded she could have talked to more colleagues to get her withdrawal deal through the House of Commons.

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.

She said: "I think it'll be a mixture of pride at having done the job".

"I think we have achieved a lot over the last three years but whenever you come to the end of a premiership I think everybody will always feel that there is more that they wanted to do".

He added: "And, if we aren't able to prevent that course of action through Parliament, then, certainly, there will be resort to the courts, and I strongly support the position that Sir John Major has taken".

"On the one hand, some people who'd always campaigned for Brexit, but didn't vote for the deal because they had a particular vision of Brexit and they were sticking firmly to that vision".

"So I think that I underestimated the unwillingness of parts some people in parliament to compromise".

Johnson is seen as the best choice for prime minister by 47% of Tory supporters, against 25% for Hunt, and as most likely to beat Jeremy Corbyn at the next election by 61% compared with 19% who choose Hunt.

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