PM candidate Johnson - 'Very odd' to involve courts in Brexit decision

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

"The idea of proroguing parliament is utterly and totally unacceptable from any British parliamentarian or democrat", said Major, who is backing Johnson's rival Jeremy Hunt for the leadership but said he was speaking in a personal capacity.

He added that he didn't think it was "necessarily the right thing" for the President to tweet the remarks.

"He should speak to his country, and Prime Minister May, about their failed Brexit negotiation, and not be upset with my criticism of how badly it was handled".

"I don't know the ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool". Her spokesman, Mr James Slack, told reporters in London the "selected" memos do not reflect the closeness and esteem with which the United Kingdom holds the relationship.

Although the Queen's decision could not be challenged, Sir John said the advice of the prime minister could be.

But he refused to say whether he would keep Sir Kim in post, and instead he told the ITV debate: "It is vital that our civil service is not politicised by ministers leaking what they say".

Neither Hunt or Johnson has ruled out a no-deal departure.

"Whoever leaked that deserves to be eviscerated", Mr Johnson said.

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Despite Mr Johnson being the favourite to lead the Conservative Party, Ms Morgan said it was "regrettable" the former foreign secretary did not back the ambassador. "It's a brilliant quality for a politician, maybe not a prime minister though".

Downing Street said Sir Kim remained in post after Mr Trump warned on Monday the White House would have nothing more to do with him. "I, and I alone will decide who takes politically sensitive jobs such as ambassador to the U.S.".

Former British Prime Minister John Major has stated that he would be willing to go to court to block a new leader from delivering a no-deal Brexit by suspending parliament.

It is understood one had concerns about the format - half of the audience would be Tory supporters and the other would represent alternate political views.

While it is essentially up to the prime minister to make the decision, Major, an opponent of Brexit who has not shied away for criticising his party on the issue, said it would require the queen's blessing.

Censoring ambassadors' remarks would undermine the whole goal of having diplomats, say former envoys.

That timing suggests Mr Darroch might be expected to leave his assignment early in 2020.

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