During an impassioned speech outside Downing Street a determined Mr Johnson vowed to take Britain out of the bloc on October 31 “no ifs or buts” with “a new deal, a better deal.” However the Irish President said the newly appointed Prime Minister was “not in the real world”. Mr Varadkar also stated Mr Johnson’s “confidence and enthusiasm is not a substitute for a European policy or a foreign policy”.

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Mr Varadkar said: “I think what I’d like to do is hear from him, to hear him put some flesh on the bones of what he heard today.”

The Taoiseach added: “Confidence and enthusiasm is not a substitute for a European policy or a foreign policy. I want to hear in detail what he has in mind.

“Listening to what he said today, I got the impression that he wasn’t just talking about deleting the backstop, he was talking about a whole new deal, a better deal for Britain. That is not going to happen.”

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Leo Varakdar has slammed Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan (Image: GETTY)

This evening Mr Johnson has begun forming his Government and has dismantled Theresa May’s frontbench.

Sajid Javid has been appointed Chancellor, Priti Patel as Home Secretary and Dominic Raab was appointed Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State – effectively making him Mr Johnson’s deputy prime minister.

Jeremy Hunt, Mr Johnson’s rival in the Tory leadership race, left the Government after refusing to be demoted from foreign secretary.

Penny Mordaunt and Liam Fox, prominent backers of Mr Hunt, were among the first to be sacked as Mr Johnson carried out a radical reshaping of the Cabinet.

Other ministers shown the exit include Damian Hinds, Greg Clark, David Mundell, Karen Bradley, James Brokenshire, Jeremy Wright and Mel Stride


8.45pm update: Varadkar hits out at Boris Johnson’s EU plan – ‘Not going to happen’

Leo Varakdar has rejected Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan and has stated the newly appointed Prime Minister is “not in the real world” if he think the EU will rip up the withdrawal agreement.

Mr Varadkar also stated Mr Johnson’s “confidence and enthusiasm is not a substitute for a European policy or a foreign policy”.

Mr Varadkar said: “I think what I’d like to do is hear from him, to hear him put some flesh on the bones of what he heard today.”

The Taoiseach added: “Confidence and enthusiasm is not a substitute for a European policy or a foreign policy. I want to hear in detail what he has in mind.

“Listening to what he said today, I got the impression that he wasn’t just talking about deleting the backstop, he was talking about a whole new deal, a better deal for Britain.

“That is not going to happen.”

7.45pm update: Brexit Secretary remain in place

Stephen Barclay will continue is his role as Brexit Secretary in Boris Johnson’s Government.

7.30pm update: Raab appointed Foreign Secretary

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has been appointed Foreign Secretary replacing Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Raab has said he is “hugely humbled” to be taking on his new role.

He said: “Obviously we have got the challenges of Brexit. That is something we want as a country to rise to.

He added: “Obviously, the Foreign Office, the message about the opportunities around the world and our confidence in our country and taking those opportunities with enthusiasm and optimism is something I can’t wait to get involved with.”

7.00pm update: Priti Patel appointed Home Secretary

Priti Patel has been handed a return to the Cabinet and has replaced Sajid Javid as Home Secretary. 

The newly appointed Home Secretary, Ms Patel, said she will “do everything in my power” to keep people safe.

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Priti Patel has been appointed Home Secretary (Image: PA)

6.40pm update: Javid appointed Chancellor

Sajid Javid has been appointed as Chancellor in Boris Johnson’s Government, Number 10 has confirmed.

6.00pm update: Hunt leaves the Cabinet

Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership rival Jeremy Hunt has announced he will be returning to the backbenches after turning down another role offered in the Cabinet.

The former Foreign Secretary is understood to have turned down the chance to become Defence Secretary.

Mr Hunt said Mr Johnson will have his “full support” and paid tribute to the one-third of Conservative voters who backed his campaign.

Mr Hunt wrote on Twitter: “I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support

“I’ve been a cabinet minister for every hour my 3 gorgeous children have been alive. So whilst it may seem strange for someone who just tried to become PM (& is a terrible cliche) I have decided now is the time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a GOOD DAD!

“It has been a huge honour 2 be responsible 4 the finest diplomatic service in the world & 2 see the courage & wisdom of our diplomats & intelligence services. Thanks 4 guiding me with such patience & professionalism! Proud to have stood up alongside you for British values.

“Also most importantly heartfelt thanks to the 1/3 of Conservative Party members who supported me. Despite being the outsider, the #HastobeHunt campaign was spirited & smart (if I do say so myself). I was truly humbled with the confidence placed in me by so many people.”

5.45pm update: Merkel reacts to Boris becoming PM – ‘I wish you a happy hand’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has wished Boris Johnson “good luck” in his role as Prime Minister.

In a statement Ms Merkel said: “Dear Prime Minister, I congratulate you on taking over your position.

“Deep friendship and close partnership shape the relationship between our countries. We are united by personal ties between people, economic relationships between companies, our shared commitment to a rule-based international order as well as our common European heritage.

“I wish you a happy hand and good luck for your well-being in your country. I look forward to working together and deepening our bilateral relations.”

5.30pm update: Brexit trade chief Fox has left the Cabinet

Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade and pivotal figure in future Brexit trade deals has left the Cabinet.

Dr Fox stated it has been a “privilege” to serve in Theresa May’s Government over the past three years.

He wrote on Twitter: “Sadly, I will be leaving the Government. It has been a privilege to have served as Secretary of State for International Trade these past three years.”

Dr Fox added the department is “well-positioned” for Britain to form new trade deals with the EU and rest of the world and he would continue to support Mr Johnson from the backbench.

He added: “The world-class trade department we have built leaves the UK uniquely well-positioned to forge our new trading relationships beyond Europe and create a truly Global Britain.

“But we must first undertake the momentous task of delivering on the instruction of the British people and leave the European Union. I look forward to supporting @BorisJohnson and the government from the backbenches.”

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Dr Liam Fox has also left the Government (Image: GETTY)

5.15pm update: Brexiteer Mordaunt leaves Cabinet

Penny Mordaunt has left the Cabinet following a meeting with Boris Johnson.

The former Defence Secretary wrote on Twitter: “I’m heading to the backbenches from where the PM will have my full support, as will my successors at @DefenceHQ & @WomenEqualities.

“Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get things done, especially our Armed Forces and civilians in defence for the last 85 days. We achieved much.”

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4.40pm update: Tusk looking forward to meeting Boris

Donald Tusk president of the European council has congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming Prime Minister and is looking forward to working with the arch-Brexiteer.

Mr Tusk said in a statement: “Dear Mr Johnson, On behalf of the European Council, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“I look forward to meeting you to discuss – in detail – our cooperation.”

4.30pm update: Labour warns Britain is in ‘Brexit crisis’

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has said the UK is in a “Brexit crisis” and that Boris Johnson’s premiership will make situations worse for communities “devastated by nine years of Tory austerity”.

Sir Kier wrote on Twitter: “Boris Johnson is about to learn that there is a massive gulf between glib throw away lines that delight the Tory faithful and the difficult decisions of leadership.

“We are in the grips of the Brexit crisis. Communities have been devastated by nine years of Tory austerity.

“Johnson in Number 10 will make this situation worse, not better.

“We must stand united against the politics he represents and do all we can to ensure his time in office is as short as possible.”

4.20pm update: Spain ready to ‘cooperate’ with Boris over Brexit

Spanish Prime Minister has said he is ready to “cooperate” with Boris Johnson over Brexit.

Mr Sanchez wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to BorisJohnson, the new PM of the UK. We are looking forward to work closely with his Government. Our countries are both partners and friends.

“We will continue to cooperate on the international and Brexit, for the benefit of the British and Spanish people.”

4.05pm update: Boris fires warning to Remainer’s – ‘Do not underestimate this country’

Boris Johnson has sent a warning to the doubters during an impassioned speech outside Downing Street.

Mr Johnson took aim at ‘project fear’ and said “do not underestimate this country”.

He said: “To all those who continue to prophesy disaster I say, ‘Yes there will be difficulties,’ though I believe with energy and application they will be far less serious than some have claimed.

“But if there is one thing that has really sapped the confidence of business over the past three years it’s not the decisions we have taken, it’s our refusal to take decisions.

“To those who say we cannot be ready I say do not underestimate this country.”

4.00pm update: Boris pledges to unite Britain – ‘Awesome foursome’

Boris Johnson has pledged to unite England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during his premiership as Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson said: “It is time we unleashed the productive power of every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“The awesome foursome incarnated in that red, white and blue flag.”

3.50pm update: Boris to ‘take personal responsibility’

Boris Johnson has vowed to take “personal responsibility” for the changes the UK will encounter after Brexit.

He said: “I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see. Never mind the backstop, the buck stops with me.”

3.48pm update: Boris guarantees EU citizens rights

Boris Johnson said: “Thank you for your contribution to our society.

“Under this government you will have the absolute certainty to live here and remain.”

3.45pm update: Boris hits out a ‘doubters’ and vows to deliver Brexit – ‘It is time to act’

Boris Johnson used his first speech in Downing Street to say critics of Brexit – the “doubters, doomsters and gloomsters” – are wrong.

The new Prime Minister has said now “is the time to act” and has vowed to deliver Breixt “no ifs or buts” by October 31.

Mr Johnson said: “We will come out on 31 October, no ifs and no buts. We will do a new deal and a better deal.

“The British people are tired of waiting. It is time to act.”

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Boris Johnson delivering his first speech as PM outside Downing Street (Image: SKY NEWS )

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Carrie Symonds awaits Boris Johnson outside Downing Street (Image: SKY NEWS )

3.40pm update: Boris confirmed as Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has been confirmed as Prime Minister after accepting an invitation by the Queen.

3.25pm update: Greenpeace claims responsibility for protest

Greenpeace has claimed responsibility for the protest which blocked Boris Johnson’s journey down to Mall to see The Queen.

The climate change group wrote on Twitter: “BREAKING: we just tried to hand the incoming PM a crucial letter – it contains the answers to tackling the Climate Emergency.

“But will he *act*?”

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Boris Johnson has accepted The Queen’s invitation to form a Government (Image: PA)

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Boris Johnson arriving at Buckingham Palace (Image: SKY NEWS )

3.15pm update: Boris meets The Queen

Incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson has arrived at Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen.

3.05pm update: The Queen accepts May’s resignation

The Queen has accepted Theresa May’s resignation as Prime Minister.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Right Honourable Theresa May MP had an Audience of The Queen this afternoon and tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.”

2.55pm update: Lidington latest to resign as Cabinet exodus continues

David Lidington has now resigned from the Cabinet as the Government exodus continues.

The deputy Prime Minister has become the latest to leave, following the earlier departures of Philip Hammond, Rory Stewart and David Gauke.

All are heavily opposed to the no deal Brexit rhetoric from new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He has vowed to take Britain out of the EU by October 31 – with or without a deal.

2.53pm update: Emotional May thanks the British people 

She says: “I also want to thank the British people.

“Everyone who loves our great country, who works hard for their families and wants their children and grandchildren to enjoy greater opportunities than they did.

“Thank you for putting your faith in me and giving me the chance to serve.

2.51pm update: May offers ‘sincere thanks’ in ‘final words’

The Prime Minister says: “My final words are of sincere thanks, to my colleagues in Government and Parliament, to everyone in the building behind me and across the civil service.

“To the men and women of our Armed Forces and security services, and to the public servants in our schools, our NHS, our police and the other emergency services.

“All are inspired by the noble wish to serve their country in the national interest.”

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Theresa May speaks outside Number 10, with husband Philip at her side (Image: GETTY)

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A list of past British Prime Ministers (Image: Daily Express)

2.49pm update: ‘Greatest honour’ to serve as PM 

Mrs May says: “To serve as pm of the uk is the greatest honour.

“The heavy responsibilities are outweighed by the huge potential to serve your country, but you achieve nothing alone.”

2.48pm update: Brexit is the immediate priority, says May 

Theresa May has started her resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street, and is quick to discuss Brexit. 

She says: “The immediate priority is to complete our exit from the European Union in a way that works for the whole of the United Kingdom.

“With success, in that can come a new beginning for our country, a national renewal that can move us beyond the current impasse and to the bight future the British people deserve.”

2.36pm Gauke “not willing to serve in Johnson Government”

David Gauke said he resigned as Justice Secretary because he cannot support Boris Johnson in his “do or die” commitment to leave the EU by October 31.

He said he strongly supported Theresa May’s efforts to “deliver a smooth and orderly” Brexit and her move not to defy Parliament by leaving without a deal before the March 29 deadline.

He wrote: “Of course, we will now have a new Prime Minister and I join you in wishing Boris Johnson well.

“I very much hope he will achieve his objective of concluding a deal with the EU that Parliament will support.

“In my view, the only responsible way to honour the 2016 referendum result is to leave the EU with a deal and, without such a deal, I fear for the prosperity, security and unity of the United Kingdom.

“Given Boris’s stated policy of leaving the EU by October 31 at all costs, I am not willing to serve in his Government. I believe I can most effectively make the case against a no-deal Brexit from the backbenches.”

2.13pm update: Standing ovation for May

MPs gave outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May a standing ovation as they applauded her out of the House of Commons chamber after her final, at times emotional, appearance as leader on Wednesday.

Mrs May, 62, shook hands with the speaker, John Bercow, on her way out. She will officially hand over to her successor Boris Johnson later today.

She told MPs: “Later today I will return to the backbenches and it will be my first time in 21 years so it is going to be quite a change.”

1.57pm update: ‘We’re ready for no-deal,’ Barnier tells Johnson

Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said the European Union will be ready if Boris Johnson pursues a no-deal strategy.

He said he was waiting to hear from the Tory leader about his plans for Brexit and stressed that a no-deal outcome would never be the EU’s preference.

Mr Barnier met MEPs on the European Parliament’s Brexit steering group (BSG) to discuss the incoming prime minister.

“It’s a very important moment for Brexit,” he told the BBC in Brussels.

“We look forward to hearing what the new prime minister Boris Johnson wants, what are the choices of the UK.

“Is it an orderly Brexit? This is the choice, the preference of the EU and we have worked for an orderly Brexit all along the last three years.

“Is it a no-deal Brexit? A no-deal Brexit will never be, never, the choice of the EU. But we are prepared.”

1.53pm update: Theresa May lavishes praise on successor Boris Johnson

She said: “I am pleased to hand over to an incoming leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister who I worked with when he was in my Cabinet, and who is committed as a Conservative, who stood on a Conservative manifesto in 2017 to delivering on the vote of the British people in 2016 and to delivering a bright future for this country.”

Mr Corbyn paid tribute to Mrs May’s “sense of public duty” and asked whether she will join outgoing Chancellor Philip Hammond in helping him “oppose the reckless plans of her successor”.

As MPs laughed, Mr Corbyn noted the Tories were in “such good heart”, adding: “For tomorrow they won’t be.”

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An excerpt from Philip Hammond’s resignation letter (Image: Twitter)

1.40pm update:  “We bequeath our successors genuine choices”

In his letter to Mrs May, ahead of her own resignation as Prime Minister, he said: “We bequeath to our successors genuine choices, once a Brexit deal is done: the ability to choose, within the fiscal rules, between increased public spending, reduced taxes, higher investment or progress towards faster debt reduction – or some combination of all four.

“After a decade when the aftermath of the 2008-09 recession meant we had no choices, this is a luxury which our successors should use wisely.”

PA understands Mr Hammond handed his resignation to Mrs May after her final session of Prime Minister’s Questions.

It is highly unlikely he would have been given a job by Mr Johnson even if he had wished to carry on given their differences over Brexit.

1.38pm update: Hammond quits with parting Brexit shot for Johnson

Philip Hammond has quit as Chancellor ahead of Boris Johnson entering Downing Street.

Mr Hammond, a staunch opponent of a no-deal Brexit, said the new Prime Minister should be “free to choose a chancellor who is fully aligned with his policy position”.

New Tory leader Mr Johnson has repeatedly promised to take the UK out of the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal.

In his resignation letter to Theresa May, Mr Hammond said: “Despite the uncertainty created by the unresolved issue of Brexit, we have been able to make notable progress in rebuilding the public finances and preparing the British economy for the opportunities ahead.”

In a pointed message to Mr Johnson, the outgoing Chancellor warned that the headroom built up in the public finances could only be used for tax cuts and spending boosts if a Brexit deal was secured.

1.30pm update: PM May fights back the tears as she bids farewell

Theresa May fought back tears in a final Prime Minister’s Questions which saw her tell Jeremy Corbyn to consider whether his time as leader is also up.

The outgoing Prime Minister’s voice cracked with emotion as she concluded her 64-minute finale by insisting her “greatest motivation” will be her duty to her Maidenhead constituents.

Mrs May, who was watched by her husband Philip, received a standing ovation from Tory MPs, the DUP and the Liberal Democrats.

Some Labour backbench MPs also applauded, but leader Mr Corbyn did not.

1.23pm update: Wetherspoon chief comes out swinging for new PM – ‘F*** CBI, not business!’

Incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson IS pro-business, entrepreneur and Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has declared – and the Brexiteer will prove it in the months to come.

But he stressed there was no chance of uniting the country and dispensing with the Brexit rancour until there Mr Johnson had made good on his pledge and taken Britain out of the European Union.

Mr Martin, a prominent Brexiteer who has campaigned alongside Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on a number of occasions, told Express.co.uk: “We’ve now got Boris in charge for the first time.

“I think he will be much better at making the case for businesses, which Theresa May never did frankly.

1.09pm update: “I’m happier about this than Johnson winning,” says Tory insider of Cummings

Speaking about the appointent of Dominic Cummings as senior adviser to new PM Boris Johnson, one veteran Conservative and Brexit supporter said: “I’m happier about this appointment than Boris winning.

“I’m happier than if I was going into Downing Street.”

He described Mr Cummings as somebody who “won’t go tame” in the face of pressure

1pm update: May pledges support to incoming Prime Minister Johnson

Theresa May says she will give Boris Johnson her “full support” from the backbenches.

Labour former minister Kevin Brennan said: “Outgoing American presidents get to pardon anyone they want.

“If you could, would you pardon your successor for sabotaging your premiership, purely for his own personal ambition?”

Mrs May replied: “My successor will continue to deliver the Conservative policies that have improved the lives of people up and down this country since we were elected into a coalition government in 2010.

“There is a long list of improvements that have taken place in people’s lives, and I look forward, on the back benches, to giving my full support to the next Prime Minister as he takes us forward, delivering on Brexit, and continuing to deliver on those Conservative policies.

12.52pm update: DUP “to be offered Brexit negotiating role”

The DUP will be given a role within the Brexit negotiations once Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister, UTV’s political editor Ken Reid has said.

Mr Johnson will need to keep the Northern Ireland party onside given his Government depends on their support via the confidence and supply deal struck after the 2017 election, given he lacks an overall majority.

Mr Reid tweeted: “Fully expecting the DUP to be given a role in the UK Brexit negotiations with the EU.”

12.28pm update: Blackford urges May to sign motion rejecting Parliament suspension

Speaking in the Commons, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said he had tabled a cross-party early day motion rejecting any prorogation of Parliament, and urged Theresa May to sign it to stop the suspension of proceedings “under any circumstances”.

The party’s chief whip tweeted a copy of the motion, which had been co-signed by Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson, Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

update: Ankara hails “Boris the Turk”

Turkey celebrated incoming British prime minister Boris Johnson’s Turkish heritage on Wednesday, with politicians and media proclaiming that the “Ottoman grandson” could strengthen ties between two countries on Europe’s fringes.

The former London mayor is the great-grandson of the Ottoman Empire’s last interior minister, Ali Kemal, and his ancestry has been a source of pride for many Turks.

Despite his sometimes disparaging remarks about Turkey, including a crude limerick about President Tayyip Erdogan and demands in 2016 that Britain veto Turkey’s accession to the European Union, Johnson is affectionately referred to as “Boris the Turk” by some Turkish media.

12.35pm update: Mordaunt applauds May’s Corbyn jib in Commons swansong

During Mrs May’s final PMQs, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt tweeted: “Very proud of @theresa-may’s parting shot at the Leader of the Opposition.

“Paid tribute. Acknowledged they both served their constituents and fought for what they believed in, “but from one Party Leader who has realised her time is up he might like to do the same.” Bang on!”

12.12pm update: Raab tipped to replace Hunt as Foreign Secretary

Jeremy Hunt will be replaced by Dominic Raab – one of his opponents in the Tory leadership contest – as Foreign Secretary , the Times has reported.

Mr Hunt is believed to have been offered, and to have rejected, the chance to swap his current role for that of defence secretary as new Prime Minister Boris Johnson shuffles his pack 

12.09pm update: Tory leadership campaign “has increased risk of disorderly Brexit”, says Verhofstadt

The European Parliament’s Brexit steering group (BSG), chaired by Guy Verhofstadt, said statements made during the Tory leadership campaign had “greatly increased the risk of a disorderly exit of the UK”.

Boris Johnson has promised to meet the October 31 Brexit deadline and leave the EU with or without a deal.

The MEPs met the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Wednesday following Mr Johnson’s victory in the Tory contest.

They stressed their commitment to the Withdrawal Agreement setting out the terms for the UK’s divorce from Brussels.

The BSG said “a no-deal exit would be economically very damaging, even if such damage would not be inflicted equally on both parties”.

A no-deal exit “will not be mitigated by any form of arrangements or mini deals between the EU and the UK”, they added.

11.34am update: May leaves Downing Street for final PMQs

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May has left Number 10 for her final Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mrs May, who has been Prime Minister after succeeding David Cameron as PM after the result of the 2016 referendum, is making way for Boris Johnson today.

Her fate was sealed after three unsuccessful attempts to get her much-criticised Brexit withdrawal deal through the House of Commons.

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Theresa May leaves Downing Street for Parliament (Image: GETTY)

11.30am Stirling on a high after two days of losses

Sterling firmed on Wednesday after two days of losses to touch three-week highs versus the euro but options markets signalled pain ahead, betting on a greater risk of a no-deal Brexit under Britain’s new leader Boris Johnson as economic stress worsens.

Investors are awaiting a speech by Johnson later in the day after his formal appointment as prime minister. 

Claire Dissaux, head of global economics and strategy at Millennium Global Investments, said Johnson would likely end up with a hard Brexit via a ‘Canada-plus’ type of trade agreement, which would be negative for the economy and the pound.

“Even with the prospect of some fiscal stimulus which has been promised by Johnson, you do have a big cyclical downturn which is becoming) structural.

11.20am update: Pollster’s October 31 predicting: “Not leaving”

Polling expert John Curtice has delivered a shock Brexit prediction as he warned about the chances of another extension to the UK’s scheduled exit from the bloc.

Boris Johnson has pledged to take Britain out of the EU by October 31 “do or die”.

However, polling guru John Curtice predicted the circumstances in which the scheduled deadline could be extended. During a ’Scrutiny of Brexit negotiations’ Committee meeting, the political scientist explained: “Trouble is we probably already got our own list of the policy options, but let me kick off.

“I am of the view and I think I am by no means unique in this respect, that even if the new Prime Minister succeeds in negotiating a new deal with the European Union within the next three months, we are not leaving on October 31.”

11.01am update: Avoidance of March no deal “helped housing market”

Mr Archer said: “The avoidance of a ‘no deal’ Brexit at the end of March seems to have provided some help to housing market activity through easing some of the immediate uncertainty and concerns.

“However, we suspect that the boost to the housing market from the avoidance of a disruptive Brexit at the end of March has been relatively limited.”

Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics said: “We expect the gradual upward trend in mortgage lending to be maintained in the second half of this year, despite the looming Brexit showdown.”

The outstanding level of credit card borrowing increased by four percent in the 12 months to June.

UK Finance said repayments have been in line with spending “showing that consumers are managing their finances effectively overall”.

11am update: Mortgate approvals  at a two-year high in June

The number of mortgages approved to home buyers increased in June – sitting just below a two-year high seen in April, figures from a trade association show.

Some 42,653 approvals for house purchase were recorded – the highest monthly total since 42,792 approvals two months beforehand, figures from UK Finance show.

April’s figure was the highest since February 2017.

Howard Archer, chief economic adviser at EY ITEM Club said mortgage approvals at 42,653 in June were above the 38,000 to 40,000 range that largely held from the start of 2018 through to the early months of 2019.

10.54am update: Boris Johnson braced for THREE meetings with Trump in just 100 days as he plots Brexit

Boris Johnson is set to meet counterpart Donald Trump three times in just 100 days as he begins his quest to complete Brexit.

The newly elected Prime Minister will join the US President in the meetings as he tries to maintain the “special relationship” between the two countries.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the meetings will all take place before the UK leaves the EU on October 31.

Mr Johnson confirmed he would not take a summer holiday as he wished to continue plans to resolve Brexit.

10.47am update: Scottish businesses confound Brexit pessimists

Two-thirds of small and medium-sized Scottish businesses are confident about doing business overseas despite the uncertainty around Brexit, according to new research.

The annual survey by international payments company OFX found that more than a quarter (28 percent) of Scottish businesses have increased their sales of goods and/or services to overseas customers in the last 12 months.

Meanwhile in the past year, Scottish small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have increased international sales of goods and/or services by an average of £28,816.

The study of 500 SMEs, including 101 in Scotland, found that businesses were concerned about the impact that other global issues might have on trade.

10.28am update: Tajani fears “disastrous” hard Brexit

A hard Brexit would be “disastrous”, former European Parliament President Antonia Tajani has warned.

Addressing the election as Tory leader of Boris Johnson, who will become Prime Minister today, Mr Tajani told reporters: “I hope for an agreement with the British because a ‘hard brexit’ would be a disaster for everyone.

“I hope we can reach an agreement with the British. We want to have a wonderful relationship with them in the future. They leave the EU, but not Europe. We must cooperate in many issues.

“I hope there are no negative effects on the millions of Italians living in the UK and in the border with Ireland.”

10.25am update: Italy’s Conte vows to work with Johnson

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has pledged to work with Boris Johnson.

Mr Conte wrote on his Facebook profile: “We will work with Boris Johnson in order to keep the UK an important and reliable partner for the European Union even after Brexit.

“The objective remains to guarantee an orderly exit of the United Kingdom from the EU and to work together in the future with the aim of guaranteeing the prosperity of all European citizens”.

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Boris Johnson’s kipper stunt has been projected on to Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)

10.21am update: Johnson stitched up like a kipper by Led By Donkeys

Anti-Brexit campaigners have projected an image of Boris Johnson holding a kipper onto Buckingham Palace, accompanied by the words: “Your Majesty, your new prime minister is a liar”.

The protest is the latest from Led By Donkeys, a campaign that highlights politicians’ hypocritical, or contentious, statements.

The stunt is a reference to the accusations that the incoming prime minister has been accused of spreading fake news, after claiming “Brussels bureaucrats” were behind rules about sending Isle of Man kippers by post.

Mr Johnson used his final hustings of the leadership campaign to deride what he called the EU’s “pointless, expensive, environmentally damaging health and safety” rules by insisting a kipper must be accompanied by a plastic ice pillow.

However, officials in Brussels have since pointed out that the rules were set in the UK, and the Isle of Man is not in the European Union.

10.19am update: Source confirms Cummings appointment

Mr Cummings is lauded by some Brexit campaigners for taking on a much better financed campaign for Britain to stay in the EU at a 2016 referendum, but criticised by others for his brusque manner and challenging thinking.

A source within the Johnson camp has confirmed the appointment of Mr Cummings.

9.33am update: Cummings tipped for Johnson advisory role

The controversial architect of the Vote Leave campaign, Dominic Cummings, is in line to be new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser, the BBC has reported.

Mr Cummings, who was played by Benedict Cummings in the BBC docudrama Brexit: The Uncivil War, screened earlier this year, is credited with coining the acclaimed campaign slogan Take Back Control.

More recently, the House of Commons Privileges Committee said Mr Cummings committed a contempt of Parliament by not appearing to offer oral evidence into a Parliamentary inquiry into fake news when ordered to in 2018.

Mr Cummings has in the past been scathing about Tory Eurosceptics such as Bill Cash MP, reading them “useful idiots for Remain” during the 2016 election campaign.

He has also been highly critical of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.

9.03am update: A busy day looms  for Johnson and May

A frantic afternoon of political activity will begin with Theresa May’s final Prime Minister’s Questions at noon.

Mrs May will then return to Downing Street and address staff before delivering a short statement in Downing Street about about 2.20.

She will then head to Buckingham Palace and tender her resignation to the Queen during a short audience.

Boris Johnson will then have an audience with the Queen and then enter Downing Street to deliver a statement at about 4pm.

Cabinet appointments are expected to be announced from 7pm onwards.

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Boris Johnson is poised to fill his cabinet with Brexiteers (Image: GETTY)

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Theresa May – and Boris Johnson – have a busy day ahead (Image: Daily Express)

8.49am update: Brexit Party fields candidates in council by-elections

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is fielding its first candidates in council polls, aiming to win two seats in the latest local by-elections on Thursday.

The party, which topped the vote in the European Parliament election in the UK on May 23, is contesting a Conservative-held seat and a Labour-held one on Gloucester Borough Council.

It did not field candidates in local elections in England on May 2, following its establishment in January. The party failed to take a Commons seat in the Peterborough by-election won by Labour on June 6 but came second with 28.9 percent of the vote.

More than a dozen Ukip councillors are reported to have defected to the Brexit Party recently but the Gloucester contests will see the party’s first attempt to win council representation through the ballot box.

The by-elections follow the death of a Conservative councillor in Barnwood ward and the resignation of a Labour councillor in Podsmead ward.

8.46am update: “No chance,” says Hancock

However, health secretary and Johnson ally Matt Hancock dismissed the idea of an electorial pact with the Brexit Party out of hand.

Responding to US President Donald Trump’s statement that Mr Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage would work well together, Mr Hancock told the BBC: “There is no way that we are going to have any kind of electoral pact with the Brexit Party and with Nigel Farage.”

Mr Farage had earlier floated the idea, suggesting it represented Mr Johnson’s “only way out” of the Brexit impasse

8.43am update: Trump says Johnson and Farage should “work together”

Donald Trump has lavished praise on Boris Johnson as a rally in the US – during which he also suggested Britain’s new Prime Minister will team up with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Trump said: “A really good man is going to be the PM of the UK now. Boris Johnson. He’s good and he’s tough. They call him Britain’s Trump.

“That’s what they need. He’ll get it done. Boris is good.”

He also praised friend Nigel Farage too, saying he and Mr Johnson were “going to do some tremendous things” and would work well together.

8.32am update: MP spots candid message for Johnson

Not everybody in Parliament was congratulating Boris Johnson on becoming Conservative Party leader yesterday.

Labour MP Karl Turner tweeted a photo of a blunt message scrawled on the door of a toilet in the Commons.

He added: “So this was written on the door of a toilet in ⁦@HouseofCommons⁩ minutes after ⁦@BorisJohnson⁩ was announced as the new ⁦@Conservatives⁩ leader.

“The toilets are accessible to the public so it doesn’t necessarily mean it was a #Tory MP that wrote it!?”

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This message to Mr Johnson was spotted on a toilet door shortly after his victory (Image: GETTY)

8.26am update: Bercow “could allow no confidence vote in days”

Boris Johnson has been warned Speaker of the House John Bercow could “facilitate” requests for a confidence vote in his leadership before Parliament goes into recess later this week, cranking up the pressure still further as he tries to take Britain out of the EU by October 31.

Boris Johnson was elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party and next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Tuesday.

The overwhelming support he received from members of the party – 92,153 votes against Jeremy Hunt’s 46,655 – however could not provide Mr Johnson with enough protection to avoid a confidence vote before recess.

Asked about the possibility of MPs lodging a motion of no confidence in the new Prime Minister this week, Professor Richard Toye confirmed the Commons could indeed succeed in having the Speaker accept such a request.

8.22am update: Hunt turns down defence secretary role, claims Sky

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has turned down the chance to join Boris Johnson’s cabinet after he was offered – and refused – the post of defence secretary, Sky News has reported.

Mr Hunt, who was defeated by Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership contest, with the result declared yesterday, could be replaced in his current job by either current defence secretary Penny Mordaunt or Liz Truss, Sky reports.

MrJohnson is in the process of picking his cabinet, with Priti Patel and Gavin Williamson among those earmarked for promotion.

8.15am update: French throw down gauntlet over fishing: “You can’t stop us”

France’s agriculture minister has warned incoming prime minister Boris Johnson

against preventing French fishermen from fishing in British waters if Britain crashes out of the European Union without an exit deal later this year.

Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume told CNews: “It is possible that with Boris Johnson we will have a hard Brexit.

“There is no circumstance in which one could prevent, in which Boris Johnson could prevent, French fishermen from fishing in British waters.”

Guillaume also said France would not ratify a provisional trade deal with the Mercosur group of South American countries in its current form.

8.12am update: May sees no deal as a “threat to the United Kingdom”, says Barwell

Theresa May’s chief of staff has said the outgoing Prime Minister sees a no-deal Brexit as a threat to the United Kingdom staying together.

Former Tory MP Gavin Barwell told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “She is a passionate unionist and she has spent a significant amount of time in Northern Ireland during her premiership.

“And every time she visited, that, sort of, sense that the combination of Brexit and what it could mean to the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and the lack of devolved government in Northern Ireland that there was a real threat.

“The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is on a statutory duty to call a border poll if she believes there is evidence to support one.

“So, that is a real concern to her, yes.”

8.08am update: “He will need the support of the Brexit Party”

Mr Farage said a general election would split the Tories, so “for this strategy to work, he will need the support of the Brexit Party”.

Mr Farage has suggested his party would be better placed than the Tories to win Leave-supporting northern English seats from Labour.

But he said Mr Johnson “will have a lot of convincing to do to persuade us that an early election will lead to a clean-break Brexit” on October 31.

“If he is able to convince us, then together we would electorally smash the Labour Party, he would assume a big working majority, and he would go down as one of the great leaders in British history.”

8.05am update: General election is Johnson’s “only way out”, says Farage

Writing in the Telgraph, Mr Farage said: “There is no prospect of a meaningful Brexit thanks to the views of most sitting MPs.

“And any attempt to prorogue Parliament will lead to the PM being brought down by his own side.

“The inescapable truth, therefore, is that he must hold an autumn general election. That is his only way out.”

8.03am update: Farage “open” to idea of electoral pact with Johnson’s Tories

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said he is open to an electoral pact with Boris Johnson – but only if he is serious about his commitment to the October 31 deadline for leaving the European Union.

New Tory leader Mr Johnson has ruled out a deal with Mr Farage and stressed he does not want an early election.

But Mr Farage said an election would be required to ensure Brexit can be delivered on time and if his party and the Tories agreed an alliance they could “smash” the Labour Party.

He said Mr Johnson should realise he will need an election to get Brexit through the Commons.

Mr Farage said: “He is going to have to risk his longed-for position as PM to ensure Brexit is enacted properly.

8am update: “Clean Brexit can deliver unexpected boost for the pound”

Mr Johnson added: “Sterling is currently floundering due to the ongoing Brexit chaos and uncertainty which has put the brakes on the UK economy.

“The pound’s weakness has also been driven by fears regarding Mr Johnson’s embrace of the possibility of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, with many forecasting an economic shock for Britain if this were to occur.”

He goes on: “However, there’s also an argument to suggest that Mr Johnson’s controversial ‘do or die’ approach – and a hard break – will at least end the years of failed negotiations which have fuelled endless uncertainty for business and the markets.

“A quicker and cleaner exit from the EU could indeed deliver an unexpected boost for the pound as international and domestic investors get the clarity they crave before stepping off the sidelines and investing into the UK.”

7.58am update: Johnson will offer “clarity” for businesses, says financial adviser

Boris Johnson’s election as MP will offer much needed clarity for British businesses, the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations has predicted.

Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group Green said: “Boris Johnson has been the clear favourite in this leadership race since the beginning.

“As such, the markets have been pricing-in the immediate impact on sterling of a Johnson administration.

“It can be expected that there will be a knee-jerk reaction for the pound to the downside on the announcement that Boris Johnson has won the keys to Number 10. But as it is expected and priced-in, it will not drop too much further or for too long.”

7.44am update: Johnson to increase numbers of women in cabinet, says Peston

Boris Johnson will increase the number of women and people from ethnic minorities in his new cabinet, ITV’s political editor Robert Peston has predicted.

Mr Peston tweeted: “As I said on @NewsAtTen, @patel4witham will rejoin cabinet and @AlokSharma_RDG will be promoted to cabinet.

“Number of women full members of cabinet will increase from current five (out of 23) and @BorisJohnson has told colleagues that there will be record number of ethnic minorities attending cabinet.

“White old Etonian Balliol man keen to prove his government represents modern UK. Forming his first government may be only time @BorisJohnson has near absolute power. All jobs in his gift. How bold will he be?”

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Boris Johnson’s election can deliver clarity for businesses, Nigel Green said (Image: Reuters)

7.30am update: “Deliver Brexit or Farage will replace you,” Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin warns Johnson

Boris Johnson risks losing his premiership to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage if he fails to make good on his “do-or-die” pledge to leave the EU by October 31, Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin has predicted.

The pub chain entrepreneur and prominent Brexiteer who has campaigned alongside Mr Farage on a number of occasions, was speaking after Mr Johnson was confirmed as the Tory Party leader after a landslide victory over rival Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Martin told Express.co.uk: “If Boris Johnson doesn’t leave the customs union on October 31, Nigel Farage will be this country’s next Prime Minister, not necessarily right away, but eventually.

“He could be the only person who will do what it said on the ballot paper in the 2016 referendum.”

(Additional reporting by Ciaran McGrath)


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