Boris Johnson is the New Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has been confirmed as the new leader of the Conservative Party and the next Prime Minister. He will formally replace Theresa May tomorrow, on Wednesday 24 July 2019, when he visits Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen.

Boris Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt following a postal vote of the party’s members by 92,153 votes to 46,656.

Theresa May Meets with Fabian Picardo, the Gibraltar First Minister

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has met with Fabian Picardo, the First Minister of Gibraltar, at Downing Street to discuss current matters of interest. These include the UK’s departure from the European Union and the future of the territory.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“The Prime Minister met the Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo at Downing Street today. They discussed the work they have done together in a range of areas over the past three years, particularly on the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Chief Minister passed on his thanks from the people of Gibraltar for the Prime Minister’s ongoing support. The Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s steadfast commitment to Gibraltar and expressed her confidence that this will continue.

The Prime Minister and Chief Minister also discussed the latest developments in the Gibraltarian legal case on the detained oil tanker Grace I. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of Gibraltar’s independent legal process being followed and paid tribute to their efforts to implement EU Syria sanctions.”

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May Condemn Trump’s Attack on Democrats

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, as well as the two candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson, have criticised Donald Trump, the US President, for words he used against four Democrats.

Trump said in reference to four female Democrats:

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

A spokesperson for Theresa May said:

“Her view is that the language which was used to refer to the women was completely unacceptable.”

Jeremy Hunt said:

“I have three half-Chinese children, and they are British citizens born on the NHS, and if anyone ever said to them ‘go back to China’, I would be utterly appalled. And I would say something else, it is totally un-British to do that and so I hope that would never happen in this country.”

Boris Johnson said:

“Relations between the UK and US are incredibly important. But if you are the leader of a great multiracial, multicultural country you simply cannot use that kind of language about sending people back to where they came from. It went out decades and decades ago and thank heavens for that. It’s totally unacceptable.”

 

Donald Trump Escalates Attack on British Government

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has launched a further attack on the British Government as a diplomatic crisis between the countries has now started to escalate.

Trump posted on Twitter:

“The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy. 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…”

The President added:

“I told her how to do that deal, but she went her own foolish way – was unable to get it done. A disaster! I don’t know the ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool. Tell him the USA now has the best economy and military anywhere in the world, by far and they are both only getting bigger, better and stronger.”

The development comes after a leak of documents written by Sir Kim Darroch, the UK Ambassador in the United States, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The attack on the British Government by the President of the United States is unprecedented in recent decades, with Trump angry that Darroch had questioned his governance.

The British Government rejected Trump’s shock refusal to deal with the UK Ambassador unless he was replaced, with a spokesperson for the Prime Minister saying:

“The UK government determines who its ambassador is.”

Theresa May Says Next PM Mustn’t Bypass Parliament

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has said that her successor shouldn’t try and bypass Parliament when delivering Brexit. Her comments come after Boris Johnson said that the UK would leave the EU on 31 October 2020, regardless of any other factor.

Speaking in Japan before the G20 summit, the Prime Minister said:

“What I hope and expect is that my successor will be able to put before parliament proposals that will enable us to deliver on the vote of the British people in a way that will be good for the United Kingdom”

and she added:

“Look, I think it’s important for us to deliver Brexit in a way that is good for British people. It will be up to my successor to take this forward, to find the majority in parliament that I was not able to find on this issue and to deliver the decision of the British people in 2016.”

Prime Minister Sets Out Aims of G20 Summit

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has set out some of the objectives of the Government as the G20 Summit starts in Osaka, Japan. She spoke of the need for international stability, the fight against extremism and also the challenges ahead to deal with environmental issues.

May said in a statement:

“With the threat of climate change putting future generations at risk, vile terrorist propaganda continuing to spread online, and rising tensions in the Gulf, this Summit is an opportunity for us to address critical global challenges affecting our nations.

The UK has never been afraid to defend our values and our interests, stand up for global rules and tackle difficult issues head on.

From our ambitious plans to protect the environment and our relentless fight against extremism in all its forms, to our promotion of free and fair trade and our world-leading international development expertise – we have consistently shaped global responses to the most pressing challenges of our time and called on others to step up and do more.

Undoubtedly there are issues facing us today on which our countries do not all take the same approach. But I firmly believe that progress will be greatest when we approach shared challenges in a spirit of genuine collaboration. As we have seen time and time again – we are always stronger when we work together.

And so my message to G20 leaders this week is this: it is only through international cooperation and compromise that we can protect our citizens’ security and prosperity and make the world a safer and a better place to live.

The international community must stand together against Iran’s deeply destabilising activity. Our priority should be the urgent de-escalation of tensions and we need to find a diplomatic solution to the current situation.”

Prime Minister Meets with Iraqi President, Barham Salih

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has met with Barham Salih, the tenth President of Iraq, in Downing Street in London. The two leaders discussed the current security situation in the country and in the wider region.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“The Prime Minister hosted Iraqi President Barham Salih in Downing Street today as part of his Guest of Government visit to the UK.

The leaders began by discussing security cooperation, and the Prime Minister reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to supporting the Iraqi Government in building a stable and successful nation.

They acknowledged the ongoing threat posed by Daesh, and the Prime Minister said the UK stood ready to provide further support to the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga.

They discussed recent events in the Gulf and agreed on the importance of international cooperation in the de-escalation of current tensions.

They also welcomed opportunities to expand on the bilateral trading relationship and the Prime Minister reiterated the desire of the UK to increase investment in Iraq.”

Party Leaders React to European Election Results

The main political party leaders have reacted to the European Election results in the UK, which showed strong performances by the Liberal Democrats, the Greens, the Brexit Party and the SNP. There were low shares of the vote for the Conservative and Labour parties, with the Labour party losing all of its seats in Scotland.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, posted on Twitter:

“A very disappointing night for @Conservatives. Some excellent MEPs have lost their seats, some excellent candidates missed out. But Labour have also suffered big losses. It shows the importance of finding a Brexit deal, and I sincerely hope these results focus minds in Parliament”

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, issued a statement:

“After three years of Tory failure to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole country, these elections became a proxy second referendum. With the Conservatives disintegrating and unable to govern, and parliament deadlocked, this issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote. Labour will bring our divided country together so we can end austerity and tackle inequality.

Over the coming days we will have conversations across our party and movement, and reflect on these results on both sides of the Brexit divide. We will not let the continuing chaos in the Conservative Party push our country into a No Deal exit from the EU. Parliament can and will prevent such a damaging outcome for jobs and industry in the UK.”

Vince Cable, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats posted on Twitter:

“A clear, honest, unambiguous message has won @libdems our best ever European election result. We have shown ourselves as the strongest Remain force in British politics. Thank you to everyone who put their faith in us. We will stand up for you and keep campaigning to #StopBrexit.”

Nigel Farage, the Leader of the Brexit Party, posted on Twitter:

“Never before in British politics has a party just 6 weeks old won a national election. If Britain does not leave the EU on October 31st, these results will be repeated at a general election. History has been made. This is just the beginning.”

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, posted on Twitter:

“Outstanding results so far tonight for @theSNP – on course for our best ever Euro election result. Polling way ahead of any other party. Higher % in Scotland than Brexit Party’s current share in rUK. Emphatically clear that Scotland doesn’t want Brexit”

Prime Minister Congratulates Narendra Modi on His Election Success

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has congratulated Narendra Modi on his success in the Indian elections.

A spokesperson for Theresa May said:

“The Prime Minister spoke to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his success in the election. The leaders agreed that the election was a significant exercise in democracy and that the authorities should be commended for delivering it so efficiently.

They also discussed the upcoming Cricket World Cup which the UK will host in June and July, and the passion for the sport that is shared between our two countries. Both leaders looked forward to continuing the close cooperation between our countries, including at the G20 Summit in Osaka next month.”

Five Candidates Join Race to Become Next Conservative Leader

Five candidates have so far joined the Conservative Party leadership contest, following yesterday’s resignation announcement by Theresa May, the Prime Minister.

Although more candidates are expected to announce their intentions to stand, the current five who have confirmed their plans include:

Rory Stewart – the Secretary of State for International Development

Jeremy Hunt – the Foreign Secretary

Matt Hancock – the Secretary of State for Health

Boris Johnson – the former Foreign Secretary

Esther McVey – the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions