Boris Johnson Says Brexit Deadline Must Not Be Seen as 'Phony'

Tory leadership race

Tory leadership race

"A decision was taken - just get on with it - and they are not in that same polarised way that Parliament has been about this issue", she said.

But, when pressed during an interview with the BBC's Andrew Neil, he refused to say whether the United Kingdom would have left by Christmas, though claimed "it's not going to be months".

Mr Johnson said he did not think it will be necessary to suspend Parliament to drive through a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of politicians, while refusing to rule it out.

Mr Hunt also said that Parliament may opt to rule out a no-deal Brexit, complicating any commitments around the deadline.

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".

Asked whether he would be prepared to delay by days, weeks or months, Mr Hunt replied: 'Well, it's not going to be months'.

But pressed on whether the United Kingdom would be out by Christmas, he said: "I'm not going to give you those commitments".

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.

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".

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

"What I had underestimated was that there were people who were in entrenched positions", she said.

Wooden spoon? Mr Hunt has acknowledged he may "pay a political price" after saying he could not guarantee he would take Britain out of the European Union by Christmas.

The leak, published in the Daily Mail, suggested that the envoy branded US President Donald Trump as "inept and incompetent" and his administration "dysfunctional, unpredictable [and] diplomatically clumsy".

The former foreign secretary said his words had been "misrepresented" during a televised leadership debate last night.

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

'I think that unfortunately what I said on that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim'.

However he came under pressure for his comments over Britain's ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch in the row over the leak of his diplomatic dispatches.

The outgoing PM, who will be exiting Downing Street to make way for Hunt or Johnson by July 23, said she felt a "mixture of pride and disappointment" and that despite having to go earlier than she wanted, she had been the "right person" for the job and was "immensely proud" of what she had accomplished.

Mrs May said she had wrongly assumed MPs would be "eager to get Brexit over the line".

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