Former-PM Theresa May is pictured looking relaxed during a day out on the river as all hell breaks loose in Westminster
- Mrs May, 62, cruised along the Beaulieu River on a Sunseeker luxury yacht
- The former Prime Minister and her husband enjoyed tea and a history lesson
- Comes as new the PM Boris Johnson declares war on the ‘Remain Alliance’
As Westminster implodes and Boris Johnson declares war on the ‘Remain Alliance’, his predecessor has been enjoying her new-found time with a leisurely yacht cruise.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May was pictured having a sail along a picturesque river over the bank holiday weekend, supping on tea and enjoying a history lesson.
This comes as Boris Johnson sparked a political firestorm by asking the Queen to suspend Parliament just weeks before Brexit deadline, in a bid to halt Jeremy Corbyn’s plot to block the UK leaving the EU.
Ahoy there: The former PM let her hair down as she cruised along the Beaulieu River. From left: Mary Montagu-Scott, Theresa May, Harbour Master Wendy Stowe and Buckler’s Hard Manager Jane Yapp
Adrift: The former Prime Minister and her husband Philip looked relaxed as they enjoyed a history lesson
The Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott, who led the private tour, pictured with Mrs May
Following her recent resignation, Mrs May has more time to indulge in her own pastimes and arrived at the Beaulieu River on a Sunseeker luxury yacht.
The 62-year-old and her husband, Phillip, 61, moored at Buckler’s Hard in the New Forest, Hampshire, and enjoyed afternoon tea on deck overlooking the river.
Dressed in a white t-shirt, navy trousers, oversized sunglasses and a backpack, the former PM looked relaxed as she laughed and joked with her fellow sailors.
The pair were then given a tour of the shipbuilding village, a major departure point for the D-Day landings and where ships for Admiral Lord Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built during the 18th Century.
The Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott, who led the private tour, said: ‘It was a pleasure to share our passion for Buckler’s Hard and the Beaulieu River and the story of its fascinating past.
‘Mr and Mrs May were both particularly interested in British history and had recently been reading about the role that Buckler’s Hard played during WWII.’
Cut and run: The pair were then given a tour of the shipbuilding village, a major departure point for the D-Day landings and where ships for Admiral Lord Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built during the 18th Century
The 62-year-old and her husband, Phillip, 61, moored at Buckler’s Hard in the New Forest – giving a wide berth to the political firestorm in Westminster
Abandon ship: Mr Johnson outlined his decision to prorogue Parliament in a letter sent to every MP this morning
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
Boris Johnson today opted for the nuclear option of suspending Parliament in a bid to stop MPs trying to block the UK leaving the EU on October 31 as he declared war on the ‘Remain Alliance’.
Mr Johnson intends to send MPs home for most of September and the start of October in a move which will dramatically reduce the amount of time available for them to pass a law to block a No Deal divorce from the EU on Halloween.
The PM 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.
On a dramatic day in Westminster:
- The pound slumped more than one percent versus the dollar and euro amid growing fears on the markets of a No Deal Brexit.
- A handful of Tory Remainer rebels signalled they could back a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson’s government.
- Union bosses accused the PM of behaving in a ‘dictatorial way’ to ‘silence all opposition’.
- More than two dozen Church of England bishops warned in an open letter that a No Deal Brexit would hit the ‘least resilient’ in society.
- Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, said ‘”taking back control” has never looked so sinister’.
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’.