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Theresa May takes last PMQs before handing over to Boris Johnson

Theresa May insisted Jeremy Corbyn should follow her example and quit today as she made her swan song at PMQs.

Taking to the despatch box in the Commons for the last time before she hands over to Boris Johnson, Mrs May launched a series of savage attacks on the Labour leader.

Mr Corbyn jibed that she should be joining the Remainer revolt against the new PM to avoid No Deal – but Mrs May insisted her successor was right to vow to honour the result of the referendum. 

As her husband Philip watched from the gallery, Mrs May said she had done her best to get a deal through Parliament, and he should be ‘ashamed’ for blocking the UK from leaving.

‘At every stage his only interest has been in playing party politics. Frankly, he should be ashamed of himself,’ she said. 

In one last stinging rebuke she told Mr Corbyn: ‘As a party leader who has accepted their time has come, perhaps now is the time for him to do the same.’ 

Mrs May also made clear she intends to continue doing her ‘duty’ for the country as MP for Maidenhead after standing down from No10 this afternoon. 

On another tumultuous day in politics, all eyes are on the outgoing premier to see whether she delivers a message to her successor over his hardline stance on Brexit.

Mr Johnson has solemnly vowed to take the UK out of the EU by Halloween with or without a deal. 

But Mrs May has said the new premier should ‘work together’ to get a package through Parliament, with many MPs implacably opposed to crashing out.

Theresa May took to the despatch box in the Commons for the last time with just hours to go until she hands over to Boris Johnson

Mrs May said she was ‘pleased’ to be handing over to a leader committed to honouring the 2016 referendum result

Jeremy Corbyn jibed that Mrs May should be joining the Remainer revolt against the new PM to avoid No Deal

Jeremy Corbyn jibed that Mrs May should be joining the Remainer revolt against the new PM to avoid No Deal

Mr Johnson (pictured at his London HQ yesterday) has solemnly vowed to take the UK out of the EU by Halloween with or without a deal

Mr Johnson (pictured at his London HQ yesterday) has solemnly vowed to take the UK out of the EU by Halloween with or without a deal

Mrs May was surrounded on the government benches by  

The Prime Minister says she will continue with her duties from the back benches as she faces her final Prime Minister’s Questions as PM.

Speaking in the Commons, she said: ‘This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others.

‘Following my duties in this House this afternoon I shall have an audience of Her Majesty the Queen.

‘I shall then continue with my duties in this House from the back benches where I will continue to be the member of parliament for Maidenhead.’

After the PMQs session, Mrs May will head back to No10 where she will thank staff behind closed doors.

How big day in UK politics will pan out 

Here is how today is due to pan out, from Theresa May’s last duties and Boris Johnson’s first as the new prime minister  

  • Noon: Theresa May holds her final PMQs opposite Jeremy Corbyn
  • Just after 2pm: Mrs May leaves No10 for the final time and makes a short speech outside
  • 2.30pm-3.30pm: Mrs May travels to Buckingham Palace and resigns to the Queen. Mr Johnson will then travel to see the monarch himself and formally take over as prime minister.
  •  4pm: Mr Johnson arrives in No10, and makes a short speech outside
  • 5pm: Mr Johnson begins to remove ministers from the Government 
  •  7pm: He begins to appoint his own ministers, with a slew of Brexiteers anticipated

She will then deliver a parting statement outside the famous black door. When she announced her intention to resign back in May, the PM was unable to hold back her tears.

Mrs May will the head to Buckingham Palace to tender her resignation to the Queen.

Mr Johnson will follow her in, to be asked to form a new government. 

As the changeoever looms, Mr Johnson has been marshalling his forces for Brexit warfare.

The incoming PM has laid down a marker by appointing maverick Vote Leave chief Dominic Cummings as a top adviser.

Mr Cummings came up with the ‘take back control’ slogan and was behind the controversial claim that Brexit could free up £350million a week for the NHS.

But he is known for his abrasive style, and MPs reacted with alarm at news of the appointment. 

One Johnson supporter told MailOnline he ‘lacks people skills’ and was ill-equipped to handle the pressure-cooker of No10. 

Hearing of the recruitment, another MP said incredulously: ‘Really?’ 

Johnson drafts in Vote Leave veterans to new Downing Street team 

Boris Johnson is marshalling his forces for Brexit warfare today as he prepares to take the reins at Downing Street.

The incoming PM has laid down a marker by appointing maverick Vote Leave chief Dominic Cummings as a top adviser.

A host of other veterans of the successful EU referendum campaign in 2016 are also being brought into the No10 fold with Mr Johnson.

Meanwhile, Brexiteers such as Priti Patel and Dominic Raab are in line for comebacks to the Cabinet. 

Sajid Javid is hotly tipped as the new Chancellor as Mr Johnson promises to create the ‘most diverse’ top table of government ever.

But Jeremy Hunt could be out on his ear after apparently turning down a move to defence – saying he will only accept staying as Foreign Secretary, becoming Chancellor, or being deputy PM. 

A host of other veterans of the successful EU referendum campaign in 2016 are also being brought into the No10 fold with Mr Johnson.

Meanwhile, Brexiteers such as Priti Patel and Dominic Raab are in line for comebacks to the Cabinet. 

Sajid Javid is hotly tipped as the new Chancellor as Mr Johnson promises to create the ‘most diverse’ top table of government ever.

But Jeremy Hunt could be out on his ear after apparently turning down a move to defence – saying he will only accept staying as Foreign Secretary, becoming Chancellor, or being deputy PM. 

Mr Johnson once joked that he had more chance of being ‘reincarnated as an olive’ than becoming PM – but today he will realise his dream.

The new Tory leader – who as a child said his ambition was to be ‘world king’ is frantically assembling his new team as he prepares will take over from Theresa May this afternoon .

Seeks to inject a ‘can-do’ spirit into government and force through Brexit by the end of October. Mr Johnson will promote a new generation of ministers.

Theresa May left No10 for her last PMQs today with just hours to go until she hands over to Boris Johnson

The PM kept a poker face as she walked down the famous steps to be driven to Parliament, but her goodbye is expected to be emotional

The PM kept a poker face as she walked down the famous steps to be driven to Parliament, but her goodbye is expected to be emotional

Installing Dominic Cummings (pictured at a Commons select committee) has caused alarm in many parts of the Conservative Party.

Installing Dominic Cummings (pictured at a Commons select committee) has caused alarm in many parts of the Conservative Party.

Priti Patel, who was sacked by Theresa May less than two years ago, is set for a remarkable return as part of a Cabinet that insiders said would be the most ethnically diverse ever

Priti Patel, who was sacked by Theresa May less than two years ago, is set for a remarkable return as part of a Cabinet that insiders said would be the most ethnically diverse ever 

 

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