I’m enjoying my Brexit break! Smiling and relaxed Theresa May hands out water to thirsty runners as she helps marshal a Good Friday race in her constituency
- PM was in good spirits as she joked with other helpers while handing out water
- Has just come back from a walking break in Welsh mountains with her husband
- Meanwhile, at Westminster the Tory leadership race continues to heat up
Theresa May donned a yellow vest today as she took a break from Brexit to help marshal a Good Friday race in her Maidenhead constituency.
The Prime Minister was in good spirits as she joked around with other helpers while handing out water to thirsty runners at the Easter 10 race.
She also shared selfies with spectators before directing the competitors, sharing the odd high-five as they passed by.
The Prime Minister was in good spirits as she joked around with other helpers while handing out water to thirsty runners at the Easter 10 race
Mrs May donned a marshal’s yellow vest as she helped direct runners at the Maidenhead Easter 10 event
Mrs May has just come back from a walking holiday in the Welsh mountains with her husband, Philip, as Parliament continues its Easter recess after Britain was granted a delay to leaving the EU.
Her spokesman denied she would use the trip to plot a new election as an escape – as she did on her last holiday at Easter 2017.
Back at Westminster the race to replace the PM is hotting up, with Tory rivals including Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt jostling for position to take the top spot.
The leadership hopefuls were yesterday warned by Britain’s former EU ambassador against pledging to tear up Mrs May’s Brexit deal, as this would ‘wreck any prospect’ of a future trade pact with the EU.
Mrs May – seen at the Maidenhead run – has just come back from a walking holiday in the Welsh mountains with her husband, Philip
Mrs May directs runners during the Maidenhead 10-kilometre run, which took place in pleasant spring conditions
The Tory leader shared high-fives with several of the runners as they passed by along the route
Sir Ivan Rogers, who stood down from his role in January 2017, said he was a ‘little bit surprised’ the UK was not further down the exit process as he spoke to BBC Two’s Newsnight programme.
He said the public still do not know what the Prime Minister thinks, and would not say if he would vote for her deal if he was an MP, saying it was ‘difficult to see a path through’ the current negotiations to a short-term solution.
A runner gives the PM a high five
On who should succeed her as Conservative leader, he said the party will likely want a ‘true believer’ to take over.
He said: ‘If various candidates make pledges as to the future direction of the Brexit talks, what they would do in phase two, that will essentially wreck any prospect of phase two succeeding.
‘So if people were to give commitments, saying ‘when I’m in power, if you give me this job, I will reopen the Withdrawal Agreement’, and indicate we can’t possibly accept the backstop and take a much more robust and bellicose position with Brussels – well, that leads fairly inexorably to a breakdown of the talks.’
The Tories are also gearing up to fight the European elections, with two MEPs campaigning for a second referendum among those re-selected as candidates.
Mrs May has said she is determined to get a Brexit deal through Parliament before the elections so that voting can be cancelled, but this is looking increasingly unlikely. A heavy defeat would likely precipitate calls for Mrs May to quit.
Mrs May shares a selfie with locals before helping out during today’s run, which comes during Parliament’s Easter recess
The PM walking along the route of the run with her husband, Philip, who recently joined her for a walking holiday in Wales
The Tory leader claps passing runners while standing by a sign saying ‘keep on the left’