Donald Trump backs Boris Johnson after his dramatic Brexit move to suspend Parliament and has a dig at Corbyn while saying the PM will ‘prove to be a “great one”‘
- Donald Trump said it’d be hard for Jeremy Corbyn ‘to seek no-confidence vote’
- The US President said Mr Johnson ‘is exactly what the UK has been looking for’
- His tweet came after the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend Parliament
- PM proposed his plan to the Queen this morning before sending a letter to MPs
Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Boris Johnson following the Prime Minister’s announcement that he would suspend Parliament.
The US President said it would be hard for Jeremy Corbyn ‘to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson, especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the UK has been looking for’.
He added on Twitter today that Mr Johnson ‘will prove to be “a great one”‘.
Mr Trump’s tweet came after the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks starting on 9 September.
The move aims to stop MPs from blocking the UK exiting the EU on October 31 as it dramatically reduces the amount of time available for them to pass any laws banning a No Deal divorce.
The Prime Minister will hold a Queen’s Speech on October 14 setting out his government’s legislative agenda just two weeks before the UK is due to split from Brussels.
Taking to his social media account following the announcement, Mr Trump wrote: ‘Would be very hard for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson’
Donald Trump (pictured right at the G7 summit on Monday, in Biarritz, France) has thrown his support behind Boris Johnson following the Prime Minister’s announcement that he would suspend Parliament
Taking to his social media account following the announcement, Mr Trump wrote: ‘Would be very hard for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, to seek a no-confidence vote against New Prime Minister Boris Johnson…
‘Especially in light of the fact that Boris is exactly what the UK has been looking for, & will prove to be “a great one!” Love UK.’
Mr Johnson’s move today sparked a political firestorm as opposition MPs and Tory rebels claimed Mr Johnson was behaving like a ‘tin pot dictator’.
The Government insists this is a regular procedural step unrelated to Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, accused the PM of launching a ‘smash and grab against our democracy’ and he has written to the Queen to express his concern and to demand a meeting with the monarch.
The PM has asked the Queen (pictured together on the day he was appointed Prime Minister last month) for permission to prorogue Parliament in September
Mr Johnson outlined his decision to prorogue Parliament in a letter sent to every MP this morning
However, the Prime Minister defended his decision as he said MPs would still have ‘ample time’ to debate Brexit in the run up to the existing October 31 deadline.
Rebel and opposition MPs are trying to prevent a No Deal Brexit, either by legislating to delay Brexit or by bringing down the Government in a vote of no confidence.
This move significantly increases the possibility of a no confidence vote in the government being held next week when MPs return from their summer holidays.
If such a vote is successful Mr Johnson would be expected to resign as PM and there would be a 14 day period in which a new government could be formed.
However, Whitehall sources suggested this morning that Mr Johnson would not quit even if he loses the vote and would instead dissolve parliament and call an early general election in November.
Privy Counsellors including Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Lord President of the Council, are expected to see the Queen at Balmoral to rubber-stamp the Goverment’s plans.
Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured) will join Privy Councillors asking the Queen to prorogue Parliament
Mr Johnson confirmed the plans to MPs this morning and said he had already spoken to the Queen.
Parliament returns on Tuesday and will now break up again during the following week.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly committed to delivering Brexit by October 31 with or without a deal and ‘do or die’.
This morning he insisted the idea that he was suspending Parliament in order to stop MPs thwarting No Deal was ‘completely untrue’.
He told Sky News: ‘As I said on the steps of Downing Street we are not going to wait until October 31 before getting on with our plans to take this country forward and this is a new government with a very exciting agenda to make our streets safer… we need to invest in our fantastic NHS.
‘We need to level up education funding across the country, we need to invest in the infrastructure that is going to take this country forward for decades and we need to deal with the cost of living, moving to a high wage, high productivity economy which is what I think this country needs to be.
‘To do that we need new legislation. We have got to be bringing forward new and important bills and that is why we are going to have a Queen’s Speech and we are going to do it on October 14. We have got to move ahead now with a new legislative programme.’