British Ambassador To US Quits After Row Over Trump Remarks

US President Donald Trump

The Foreign Office has confirmed that an inquiry into the leak has been launched, with British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox insisting that the "full force" of the law should be applied to the person responsible, who as yet remains unidentified.

Former prime minister Sir John Major pointedly warned that if a senior diplomat was "thrown to the wolves" it would damage the relationship between an incoming prime minister and the Civil Service.

But he attacked May instead on inequalities and reduced access to legal aid - a governmental service to help those who can't afford to pay their legal fees - which he said has disproportionally affected the poor and disabled.

Britain's ambassador to Washington resigned on Wednesday after Donald Trump labeled him "stupid" and "wacky" following the release of confidential memos from the envoy in which he branded the US president's administration inept.

Asked what sanctions could face the leaker if they are caught, Sir Simon said: 'There are a range of sanctions up to and including summary dismissal. The police are involved'. He accused Khan of making a "pathetic excuse" after the mayor urged Londoners not to be alarmed by extra police on the streets.

'There have been some initial discussions with the police on the investigation, ' a Number 10 spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for Theresa May said that Sir Kim is "a dutiful, respected government official" and confirmed there are no plans for Mrs May and Mr Trump to hold a call to discuss relations following the leak. "But we pay them to be candid", the British Foreign Office said in a statement. "It comes at a fragile time in the United Kingdom - we are vulnerable at the moment, we're not having the best couple of years".

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He promised "serious consequences" for whoever had leaked the memos. "I told her how it should be done, but she made a decision to go another way", he started, before stating the United States would not have a relationship with the ambassador any longer.

In response to Darroch's resignation Wednesday, Guardian columnist Owen Jones tweeted: "We're on course to become the 51st state of Donald Trump's U.S., with Boris Johnson as his consul".

'The basis on which we have worked all our careers suddenly feels as those it is challenged.

It may not have helped that a previous memo by Darroch was leaked to the Sunday Times in 2016 suggesting that Trump could be malleable and "open to outside influence if pitched right".

"This is such a damaging - potentially damaging - event that I hope the full force of our internal discipline, or even the law, will come down on whoever actually carried out this particular act", the U.K.'s global trade secretary Liam Fox, the man charged with building up the U.K.'s trading relationships for the post-Brexit era, told the BBC.

Sir Kim had been the target of some displeasure by President Trump since his remarks on the Presidency were leaked over the weekend.

Farage has a close relationship with Trump.

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