Marr delivers shock attack on Boris Johnson just minutes into BBC show – 'We did ask!'

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Andrew Marr claimed Boris Johnson had been approached by the BBC host for an interview but had refused. The BBC host made the revelation on his show before a series of interviews with Chancellor Philip Hammond, the deputy Irish Prime Minister Simon Coveney, and former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith, on Sunday. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt was interviewed by the BBC host Andrew Marr at the end of June when the leadership race was well underway.

Just five minutes into the BBC show, Mr Marr turned to the camera and launched a scathing attack on the former foreign secretary.

He said: “By the way, in case you are looking at our line-up today, and wondering why we haven’t heard from Boris Johnson during this campaign, we did ask, of course.

“For whatever reason, he said no. So to the papers.”

At the start of the BBC show, despite the former foreign secretary tipped to become the next prime minister, Mr Marr insisted that nothing was set in stone.

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The host said: “Good morning. This week we will have a new Prime Minister, and it is, of course, you know who, except there is no ‘of course’ about it.

“Forget the assumptions, the gossip, the expectations. At this stage, there are no hard reliable facts.

“Whether it is Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt. All we can say for sure is the new Prime Minister faces immediate confrontations with Brussels, Parliament and within the Tory party itself.

“Both men have promised a swift Brexit without fudges, so where does that leave the rest of us?”

Online commentators were quick to react to the comments from the host. One wrote: “Andrew Marr opens his programme by saying that Boris Johnson had been invited, during his campaign, to appear on the show but had declined.”

Another said: “Boris Johnson has a huge number of issues confronting him when he walks through the door of No 10, but he’s too scared to appear on #marr to talk about them.”

This week either Mr Johnson or Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be elected by Tory members as the next Conservative leader and Prime Minister.

Both have vowed to deliver Brexit, with Mr Johnson taking a more hardline approach claiming the UK will be leaving the EU by the end of October this year “come what may”.

In the early stages of the Conservative leadership race, Mr Johnson faced scrutiny for not accepting media interviews – but has since appeared in front of the British public in TV debates and Tory members in a series of debates and hustings.

On Sunday, Chancellor Philip Hammond became the second cabinet minister to announce they will quit the Government if Mr Johnson becomes Prime Minister.

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He said: “No, I’m sure I’m not going to be sacked because I’m going to resign before we get to that point.

“Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no deal exit on the 31st October, and it’s not something that I could ever sign up to.

“It’s very important that the prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of policy, and I, therefore, intend to resign to Theresa May before she goes to the Palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.”

It comes after Justice Secretary David Gauke – a former Remainer – told the Sunday Times he would also quit on Wednesday if Mr Johnson enters Number 10.

Express.co.uk has contacted Boris Johnson for comment.

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