Theresa May slapped down by key ally of Boris Johnson over ambassador row

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Theresa May has been slapped down by a key ally of  Boris Johnson  over reports she wants to pick the next Ambassador before she quits.

Backers of Mr Johnson were alarmed when it was claimed Mrs May will use her last two weeks in office to find a successor to Sir Kim Darroch.

Such a move could prevent Mr Johnson hand-picking a Brexiteer or a favourite to fill the role.

Sir Kim dramatically quit yesterday saying his job was now “impossible” after relations with Donald Trump broke down over a leaked memo.

Boris Johnson – who is set to be PM in two weeks – was accused of throwing Sir Kim “under the bus” by failing to promise he could keep his job.

Liz Truss is a close ally of Boris Johnson

 

Ally Liz Truss today insisted the recruitment process would take months to finish – and is one for the next PM.

She also blasted John Major for “backseat driving” against Boris Johnson’s  Brexit  plan.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury told a Westminster lunch: “The Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office has been clear that this is a job that’s going to take months, rather than weeks, to recruit for.

“So I think the question is academic.

“It’s likely that the new ambassador will be selected and appointed by the new Prime Minister.”

Ms Truss refused to say Donald Trump was wrong to insult  Theresa May  ’s Brexit deal – which she backed – admitted it was a “dead duck”.

But she added: “I’m a patriot so I don’t like to hear any foreign leader slagging off our government.”

 

Ms Truss also slapped down Sir John Major for “backseat driving” over his threat of legal action against Brexit.

The ex-PM said he’ll seek judicial review if Boris Johnson suspends Parliament to force through No Deal.

But Ms Truss, a key ally of Mr Johnson, said: “I remember when John Major complained Margaret Thatcher was trying to be a backseat driver of his government.

“And I think he should take his own advice.”

She also said the nuclear option of proroguing Parliament should be kept on the table.

“It’s vital not to close off any avenues,” she said. “It’s not something I would like to see but I think it’s very it’s very important not to box off options.” 

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