Donald Trump Says Boris Johnson Would Do "Great Job" As British PM

Contender for the Tory leadership and position of Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Contender for the Tory leadership and position of Prime Minister Boris Johnson

The US president, who has been heavily critical of Theresa May's attempts to reach a withdrawal deal, has previously sought to align his own populist politics with the UK's vote to leave the European Union, for which Johnson was a leading campaigner.

Referring to outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he has repeatedly criticized for her handling of Britain's separation from the European Union, Trump said "the previous prime minister has done a very bad job with Brexit".

Buckle up, because that paradox is set to be tested in autumn when Boris Johnson, the Tory crown prince, goes head-to-head with parliament.

He said some of the work had already been done, pointing to short term agreements with Brussels that would kick in if a no-deal Brexit happens, in sectors such as aviation and financial services.

Mr Hammond dissented from the Government on Thursday by abstaining in a Commons vote that ensures MPs will sit throughout October, making the pursuit of no deal more challenging.

Chancellor Philip Hammond, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Business Secretary Greg Clark and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart did not take part in the vote despite not being paired.

Theresa May warned the ministers the rebellion could cost them their jobs when her replacement - Mr Johnson or rival Jeremy Hunt, takes over next week in Downing Street.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford also hailed the vote, saying MPs had delivered a "strong majority to block the next Tory prime minister from shutting down Parliament and forcing through a devastating no-deal Brexit".

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United Kingdom justice secretary David Gauke said he did not know how he would vote, stating that he would need to "see what the precise amendments are" and as whipping began, he was "not in position to necessarily say".

MPs have voted by a margin of 41 to prevent the next Prime Minister proroguing parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

Even if parliament is suspended by the next Prime Minister - the Commons must be recalled for five days within at least a fortnight.

Margot James resigned as minister for digital after voting against the Government and was among 17 Tories who rebelled by backing the amendment.

The measure requires progress reports on restoring devolved government in Belfast to be debated regularly in Parliament, effectively preventing it being prorogued.

"And that we would not be here in order to reflect those concerns and take our own view on what those circumstances might be seems to me to be not only highly unlikely, undesirable and, actually, preventable". "Ideally, you want Stormont up and running again..." he said.

"It's quite hard unless they have a vote of no confidence and they don't want to do that because they would lose their seats because any Conservatives who voted against the Government on a vote of no confidence would be automatically deprived of the whip", he said. She said other ministers opposed to a no-deal would quit if Mr Johnson became PM.

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