Theresa May refuses to clap for Boris Johnson at last Prime Minister’s Questions

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Theresa May refuses to clap for Boris Johnson at last Prime Minister’s Questions
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Former Prime Minister Theresa May refused to join in with other members of her party in giving a standing ovation to Boris Johnson at his last Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr Johnson was applauded by Conservatives as he gave his last appearance at the weekly fixture, despite his own party pushing him out of office.

However, while many Tory MPs showed their support for Mr Johnson’s efforts in government, Ms May appeared reluctant to join in the standing ovation.

After eventually standing up, she did not join in the applause, instead crossing her arms and clasping her hands together.

Mr Johnson declared "mission largely accomplished, for now" before signing-off his final parliamentary outing as PM by telling MPs: "Hasta la vista, baby."

The term, which translates to “see you later” is the catchphrase of The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Asked if a comeback, like the Terminator, was on the cards, his press secretary said: “That was his way of saying farewell to his colleagues."

Ms May has led a number of criticisms of Mr Johnson’s government from the backbenches after standing down as PM in 2019.

In January, the MP for Maidenhead led a charge of MPs criticising the government over lockdown breaking, asking Mr Johnson if he had “not read the rules or didn't understand what they meant”.

Ms May also let her displeasure be known at the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, legislation which unilaterally rips up part of the Brexit deal with the EU relating to Northern Ireland.

Speaking in a debate last month, Ms May said: “This bill, in my view, is not legal under international law, won’t achieve its aims and diminishes the standing of the UK in the eyes of the world”.

Just hours after Mr Johnson announced his resignation, Ms May was spotted dancing to Craig David at the Henley Festival in Oxfordshire.

Mr Johnson served under Ms May as Foreign Secretary, before resigning in protest over her Brexit plans.

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