MP's fury as Cabinet pair warn against no-deal Brexit

Hunt 'expects' Brexit by Christmas

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

In the BBC interview on Friday, May spoke of "frustration" at not seeing Brexit through and underestimating how "entrenched" MPs had become. The party's members are overwhelmingly in favour of Brexit and regard Mr Johnson as more likely to deliver on the referendum result of three years ago than his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

He insisted, however, that it was possible to get a revised deal with Brussels by the end of September, and said if it took "a few extra days" to get it through parliament he would delay Brexit beyond the current October 31 deadline.

Speaking later at a leadership hustings in Cheltenham, he said: "Maybe I will pay a political price for being honest with people".

Mrs May said she had wrongly assumed MPs would be "eager to get Brexit over the line". "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". He argues that it is vital to appear resolute about leaving on time in negotiations with the EU.

During the interview, Mrs May opened up about life in Downing Street and the emotional strains of the job, recalling the "chilling" moment she was told about the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.

He added: "I think that unfortunately what I said on that TV debate was misrepresented to Kim".

Mrs May said she was proud of "championing some causes that otherwise will be unfashionable", such as the fight against modern slavery and domestic violence and mental health support.

May assumed office on July 16, 2016, after then Prime Minister David Cameron resigned following following the outcome of the European Union membership referendum in which 52 per cent of voters voted in favour of leaving the 28-member bloc.

"As we enter the final weeks of the leadership race", they write, "Mr Hunt has failed to close the gap and exploit the perceived "chaotic" start to the Johnson campaign".



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