Theresa May laments failure to pass Brexit deal on her way out

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

But he again refused to rule out such a radical step, even though former prime minister John Major and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond have said they'd be prepared to take legal action to prevent that course of action.

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".

In a separate interview with the BBC on Friday, Hunt went further than before, refusing to guarantee the United Kingdom will leave the European Union before Christmas.

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

"It is because parliament may try and take a no deal Brexit off the table altogether". "I sat down and tried to get a compromise with [Opposition Leader] Jeremy Corbyn to try to get a deal that would get through Parliament", she said.

Either Mr Hunt or Mr Johnson will take over from Mrs May the next day.

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

It had been, she said, "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".

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

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"We have to back our diplomats all over the world", he said.

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 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.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is still disappointed at her failure to finalize a Brexit deal as she prepares to step down.

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

She said if the future relationship had been negotiated alongside there would not have been the same issue with the backstop.

She also hailed the progress made in tackling some of the "burning injustices" she highlighted in her first speech after becoming prime minister. But she was sorry about having to leave when "there was more that I wanted to do".

"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". "But everybody in Parliament had a responsibility in how they voted on this issue".

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