Former UK PM Major vows legal action to block suspension of parliament

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"I think everybody is fed up with delay and I think the idea of now consecrating this decision to the judiciary is really very, very odd indeed".

The programme peaked with 4.7 million viewers.

"If you decide that Parliament is an inconvenience, when in fact it is the place where democratic legitimacy lies in our constitution and therefore it's acceptable to get rid of it for a period because it might otherwise prevent you from doing something which Parliament would prevent, then it's the end of democracy", Grieve yesterday said.

According to ITV, the broadcast was the most-watched programme in the 8pm time slot on Tuesday, and was the second most-watched on TV overall after Emmerdale.

Major said that the new leader "Prime Minister Johnson, presumably" would close down parliament "because he can not persuade (it) to agree with his policy". Reports indicated that decision also had to do with Boris Johnson - the likely successor to Prime Minister Theresa May - and his failure to defend the ambassador amid his confrontation with the president.

Mr Hancock, who opposed prorogation during his own leadership campaign, told Today: "I do not think that it's going to happen, I understand why Boris hasn't ruled it out".

"I think that what anxious him was what would happen with a new prime minister who had made no commitment to him at all in the debate last night".

Sir Kim wrote that the Trump White House was dysfunctional and advised officials to "keep your points simple, even blunt" if they were given an opportunity to speak to the president.

'Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice'.

"It is our most important diplomatic relationship", he said.

It then emerged a planned meeting between Mr Fox and the United States commerce secretary - which Sir Kim had also been expected to attend - was cancelled due to "diary clashes". While Hunt, the current foreign secretary, prompted laughter from the studio audience after saying of Johnson: "You ask him a question, he puts a smile on your face and you forget the question".

"He brought dispassionate insight and directness to his reporting to ministers in London", he said.

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