UK PM May says she will leave disappointed after Brexit failure

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

"I'm not going to give you those commitments", Mr Hunt said in the BBC interview.

She was forced to announce her exit in May, amid a revolt by Conservative MPs unhappy about her failure to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union (EU) on March 29 and her decision to open Brexit talks with the opposition Labour Party.

Ross Thomson, Colin Clark, Douglas Ross and Andrew Bowie - are now officially backing Johnson, and three MSPs - Michelle Ballantyne, Margaret Mitchell and Oliver Mundell - have said they'll vote for him to be the next Prime Minister.

United Kingdom leadership front-runner Boris Johnson said it would be "insane now" to say the government might not deliver Brexit by October 31, in a hint that he could be prepared to accept a delay at a later date. "One could always look back and say, "If I'd sat down and talked to people more often", she said, in reference to any regrets.

Mrs May conceded she could have talked to more colleagues to get her withdrawal deal through the House of Commons. May did not reveal whether she backs Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson as her replacement, saying only that "they understand the responsibility that this job brings".

But he again refused to rule out such a radical step, even though former prime minister John Major and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond have said they'd be prepared to take legal action to prevent that course of action. While wishing her successor well, she said she would continue to argue that leaving the European Union "with a good deal" remains vital, in a clear warning against a chaotic no-deal crash out. "It needs to return".

"Good cabinet government depends on collective responsibility and on what is said within the cabinet room. staying there", she said.

She said she did not regret calling a snap general election during the same year, in which she ended up losing her Commons majority.

"I regret running a campaign that wasn't really me", she said.

Mr Hunt said he had been "disappointed" in Mr Johnson's response during the debate when he tried to pin him down on whether he supported Sir Kim following a furious tirade against the ambassador from Mr Trump.

In an interview with the BBC ahead of her departure from Downing Street on 24 July, Mrs May was asked how she thought she would feel when she walks out of the door of Number 10 as prime minister for the last time.

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.

The victor will be chosen by members of the Conservative Party.

During the exchanges, Mr Johnson said it would be "insane, now", to say the government might not deliver Brexit by Oct 31, in a hint that he could be prepared to accept a delay at a later date.