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

Conservative party leadership contender Jeremy Hunt speaks during a Tory leadership hustings at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff Wales Saturday

Conservative party leadership contender Jeremy Hunt speaks during a Tory leadership hustings at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff Wales Saturday

The outgoing PM, who will be exiting Downing Street to make way for Hunt or Johnson by July 23, said she felt a "mixture of pride and disappointment" and that despite having to go earlier than she wanted, she had been the "right person" for the job and was "immensely proud" of what she had accomplished.

Mr Johnson is ahead in polls of grassroots Conservatives who will choose the next leader.

Theresa May and husband Philip who will move out of 10 Downing Street in London in 12 days to make way for a new United Kingdom prime minister.

As part of the same incredible interview by Andrew Neil for BBC in which Boris Johnson claimed he thinks the backstop should be "removed" and resolved later, Neil also asked some relatively easy questions about trading plans for the United Kingdom following a no-deal Brexit.

He expressed his confidence in getting a deal by the end of September, telling the BBC: "I believe we can and I, as I say, I think that people like Angela Merkel want to solve this problem".

In contrast to Hunt, Boris Johnson, his rival for the top job, has pledged to meet the October 31 deadline for Brexit "do or die", a position that surveys show is popular among the 180,000 grassroots Conservative Party members who are voting for the next leader. Johnson and Hunt braced for the release of a grilling by the BBC's Andrew Neil as the Conservative leadership contest begins to draw to a close.

But pressed on whether the United Kingdom would be out by Christmas, he said: "I'm not going to give you those commitments..." And there's another reason why we have to be careful about this 31st of October date.

"If we have a deal, if it's clear to us and to the Europeans there's a deal to be done, then of course I would go for that and if it took a little bit - you know, a few extra days - to get it through parliament".

"I've always done what I believe to be in the national interest", May said.

Mr Johnson paused, before replying: "No".

But the former foreign secretary insisted his comments in the debate had been "misrepresented" and denied withholding his backing.

It would keep open the post-Brexit border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and European Union member the Republic of Ireland whatever the outcome of negotiations over the future relationship between London and Brussels.

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".

'He said that what somebody had relayed to him had been a factor in his resignation, ' Mr Johnson said. "There are other things - I think I probably actually should have done the TV debates". Major concluded, "If that were to happen there would be a queue of people who would seek judicial review".

The former foreign secretary also said he does not think it will be necessary to suspend Parliament in order to drive through a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of British politicians.