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PMQs: Theresa May implicitly criticises Boris Johnson for failing to back Kim Darroch – live news

The day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and the latest from the Tory leadership contest

Boris Johnson has said he regrets the resignation of Kim Darroch. Describing Darroch as “a superb diplomat”, he went on:

I think whoever leaked his diptels (diplomatic telegrams) really has done a grave disservice to our civil servants, to people who give impartial advice to ministers.

I hope that whoever it is, is run down, caught and eviscerated, quite frankly, because it is not right that advice to ministers that civil servants must be able to make in a spirit of freedom should be leaked.

In PMQs Sir Vince Cable says Theresa May’s last job will be to recommend to the Queen who her successor should be. How will she be sure that that person can command a majority in the Commons?

May says, whoever wins the Tory leadership contest, they will make an excellent PM.

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Tory leadership: May will continue to warn against no-deal Brexit from backbenches, No 10 signals – as it happened

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I think it is totally wrong for Jeremy Hunt to talk about the freedom - this is not a matter about the freedom, it’s a matter about breaking laws in Hong Kong. It’s very disappointing when the senior officials of his calibre show support of these law-breaking people.

We all remember what Hong Kong was 22 years ago under British rule: there was no freedom, democracy, whatever. We all know that all governors were appointed by the British government, people had no right to elect its officials, no right to demonstrate certainly, and they did not even have a right to have an independent judicial power.

Message to Chinese govt: good relations between countries are based on mutual respect and honouring the legally binding agreements between them. That is the best way to preserve the great relationship between the UK and China

The Bank of England has estimated an immediate hit to the economy roughly equivalent to the 2008 financial crisis and a crash in the pound, disrupting trade and closing businesses. In an unprecedented joint letter to the prime minister, the heads of the TUC and the CBI warned of the dangers to the economy stating “the shock… would be felt by generations to come”.

The danger is real.

The progress was very advanced: in fact we reckoned above 99% of agreement. The difference there was, as ever, that the signals coming from our parliament were conflicting. Countries were negotiating with us on the basis that there would be potential of a no-deal exit.

When Parliament then says parliament will make sure that there is no possibility of a no-deal exit, those we are negotiating with get mixed signals. If parliament continues to be inconsistent, it’s very difficult for the government to maintain a consistent position in terms of negotiations.

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