LONDON (Reuters) – UK Labour opposition chief Jeremy Corbyn mentioned on Saturday U.S. President Donald Trump’s feedback endorsing Conservative front-runner Boris Johnson as the following prime minister had been an “unacceptable interference” in Britain’s affairs.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s opposition Labour Get together chief Jeremy Corbyn leaves his house, following the outcomes of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain Could 27, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
In an interview with the Solar newspaper forward of his three-day state go to to Britain subsequent week, Trump mentioned of the previous international secretary: “I believe Boris would do an excellent job. I believe he can be glorious.”
Different Conservative lawmakers within the management race had sought his backing, he mentioned, though not surroundings minister Michael Gove, who has criticized his stance on Iran.
Veteran Socialist Corbyn, who has declined an invite to attend a state banquet with Trump throughout the go to, mentioned: “President Trump’s try to resolve who might be Britain’s subsequent prime minister is a wholly unacceptable interference in our nation’s democracy.”
He added in a press release on Saturday: “The subsequent prime minister must be chosen not by the U.S. president, nor by 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative occasion members, however by the British folks in a normal election.”
After failing thrice this 12 months to get parliament to again her plan for leaving the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa Could mentioned final week she would step down as chief of the governing Conservative Get together on June 7 to open the way in which for a contest to succeed her.
Thus far, 12 Members of Parliament have mentioned they are going to stand within the management election. They are going to be whittled down by their fellow lawmakers to a closing two earlier than the grassroots occasion members make the ultimate alternative.
Trump praised Johnson on his final go to to Britain in July 2018, saying that he thought he had the talents wanted to be prime minister, shortly after Johnson resigned in protest at Could’s dealing with of Brexit.
Johnson, who has mentioned he can be ready to take Britain out of the EU and not using a deal on Oct. 31, has not commented on Trump’s newest endorsement.
Corbyn himself has been broadly accused of failing to make clear Labour’s place on Brexit by not saying outright whether or not or not it’s decisively in favor of a second referendum on Brexit.
Trump additionally praised present international secretary Jeremy Hunt, additionally a Conservative management candidate, for his pledge to extend British protection spending.
He arrives in Britain on Monday for a state go to on the invitation of Queen Elizabeth earlier than attending World Battle Two commemorations in France and visiting Eire.
It’s only the third state go to of a U.S. president to Britain.
Reporting by Stephen Addison; Enhancing by Clelia Oziel
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