These behind-the-scenes photos capture unseen moments from another tumultuous week in British politics, when newly raised conservative party leader Boris Johnson prepared his first formal remarks as prime minister.
Caught more than 26 hours between the announcement of the Tory leadership result to Boris & # 39; return to number 10 after meeting the Queen on Wednesday, they offer a glimpse into the furious work that went into editing his speech and a moment of light relief after he became Prime Minister.
Photographer Andrew Parsons has worked closely with Boris Johnson for the past 11 years, after being introduced to the new prime minister by his predecessor David Cameron, for whom Mr. Parsons worked as a staff photographer.
It was Parsons who took photos of Johnson firing an AK-47 in Iraq, and from the moment he accidentally flattened a Japanese schoolboy during a game of what would be supposedly touch rugby.
But this week he had trained his camera on a more business-like Mr. Johnson, at the conservative campaign headquarters and then down Down Street, working with assistants to spread his first message to the public after reaching his lifelong ambition.
& # 39; I have recorded quite a few high-pressure moments & # 39 ;, Parsons told The Sunday Times, adding that he hopes to be able to continue working with the prime minister to immortalize more iconic occasions in the future.
& # 39; I think I'm pretty good at absorbing & # 39 ;, he said.
Under an enormous portrait of Margaret Thatcher at the headquarters of the conservative campaign, Boris Johnson discusses his next step after winning the party leadership. Johnson is portrayed with Ed Lister, president of Homes England, the government's home accelerator, at the Westminster office
In this photo, Johnson is practicing his speech to the nation in his temporary office at Admiralty House, London, minutes before seeing the queen before heading to Number 10 Downing Street as Britain's new prime minister. He discussed his speech with Will Walden, his former media assistant during the Voting Leave campaign in 2016. Mr. Walden was also previously communications director at City Hall under Mr. Johnson
Two laptops, a desktop computer and his telephone are stuck out in front of the prime minister while he is tearing away the text for his first speech as prime minister with various assistants in Admiralty House. The striking photos were taken by Andrew Parsons, who has worked closely with the former mayor of London for the past 11 years.
Feet up: My Johnson is calling on speakerphone with a couple of bottles of water in front of him before he meets the queen on Wednesday, after having worked the day on his speech
A glimpse of Boris & # 39; old photographer Andrew Parsons can be seen in the mirror while Mr. Johnson and his town hall delegate Munira Mirza, now head of the Number 10 policy unit, are working on the speech, along with Mr. Walden and several other assistants
His new stomping ground: Mr Johnson walks behind the green cloth of the cabinet table within number 10 Downing Street hours after he became prime minister and defeated Jeremy Hunt in the conservative party leadership competition
This photo shows Mr. Johnson talking to his new special advisors in his temporary office at Admiralty House before he goes to the Queen on Wednesday. & # 39; I have recorded quite a few high-pressure moments & # 39 ;, Parsons told The Sunday Times, adding that he hopes to be able to work with the prime minister to immortalize more iconic occasions in the future
Starting with a blank sheet of paper: fountain pen in hand, coffee on hand and tied up, Mr. Johnson is working on the text of his address with his sleeves rolled up in Admiralty House. Parsons was introduced to Mr. Johnson by former Prime Minister David Cameron
The grand central staircase of the Admiralty House flips over Mr. Johnson's shoulder as he prepares to leave for the Queen on Wednesday after beating Jeremy Hunt for the position
A moment of embarrassment when Boris tells staff that Her Majesty told him during the audience: & # 39; I don't know why anyone would want the job & # 39; – only for an assistant to indicate that he may not reveal anything that the queen says in the meetings
Every house in Great Britain receives a brochure in preparation for No Deal Brexit: the & # 39; war cabinet & # 39; of Boris Johnson plans £ 10 million PR blitz and meets every week to ensure that the UK leaves the EU on 31 October by all possible means & # 39;
By Jack Maidment, deputy political editor of MailOnline
Boris Johnson is preparing a No Deal information blitz to ensure that Britain is ready to leave the EU – with or without an agreement – on 31 October.
The new prime minister plans to show Brussels that he is serious about getting Britain off the block without a deal by stepping up preparations.
The information push will see an all-you-need-to-know folder sent to 27 million households and the broadcast of TV ads as part of a campaign that is expected to cost £ 10 million.
Johnson is firmly convinced that he will deliver Brexit by the current Halloween deadline and has a six-person & # 39; war cabinet & # 39; set up with the task of separating the UK by pressing & # 39; by all means & # 39 ;.
The group consists exclusively of senior ministers who support Brexit: Mr. Johnson, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Stephen Barclay and Geoffrey Cox.
It is Mr Johnson's attempt to streamline the Brexit decision-making process and stop the Whitehall bureaucracy that is delaying preparations.
Gove revealed today that the government is now working on the & # 39; assumption & # 39; that there will be a No Deal Brexit because ministers believe that the EU will not give in to Mr Johnson's demands to renegotiate the terms of the British divorce.
As a result, the government is increasing its spending on No Deal disaster planning with Mr Javid, who is expected to announce additional funding of at least £ 1 billion this week.
Meanwhile, a new poll showed that Mr. Johnson's increase to PM a ten-point & # 39; Boris-bounce & # 39; had yielded for the conservative party with the Tories now five points ahead of labor.
Team Johnson believes that the UK should fully commit to No Deal if it wants to convince the EU that it is ready to start a chaotic split at the end of October.
In a movement similar to the & # 39; bank government & # 39; from Tony Blair, Boris Johnson makes all major decisions about Brexit with a team of only six senior ministers – all Brexiteers
Michael Gove, commissioned by Johnson to stimulate preparations for a No Deal Brexit, said the government is working on the & # 39; assumption & # 39; that the European Union will not conclude a new agreement
A new Deltapoll revealed that Johnson has given the Tories a 10-point boost since becoming PM
Mr Johnson's planned information blitz is central to those plans with the new prime minister in the hope that leaflets and TV ads will take away the fears of voters and make it clear that Britain can leave the EU without conditions. to speak.
The brochure is expected to contain the & # 39; core facts & # 39; describe that relate to a No Deal Brexit and will show that there is & # 39; nothing to fear & # 39; is for such a departure.
It will provide advice on travel arrangements, medicines and food supplies, and warn against supplies, according to The Sun.
A No Deal website will also be launched where people can go to answer questions about how they can be influenced.
The Brexit & # 39; war cabinet & # 39; van Johnson will meet for the first time tomorrow, while Mr. Gove, the minister in charge of disaster planning, is said to have daily progress meetings with officials and advisers.
His stripped down Brexit planning group contrasts sharply with the approach of his predecessor Theresa May
For much of her three years it is claimed that the Brexit division, from which both David Davis and Dominic Raab resigned, was excluded from negotiations.
And while various departments tried to make No Deal unforeseen events, Philip Hammond's treasury was unable to withstand the cause.
Dominic Cummings, Mr. Johnson's best assistant, apparently told special advisers on Friday that the new prime minister had said Brexit & # 39; by all means & # 39; had to be delivered by Halloween.
The use of the sentence has again aroused the fear that Johnson might try to force a No Deal Brexit against the wishes of the House of Commons.
What is the Irish backstop and why is it so divided?
The so-called Irish border stop is one of the most controversial elements of the existing Brexit deal. This is what it means:
What is the backstop?
The backstop was invented to deliver on promises to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland open, even if there is no comprehensive trade agreement between the UK and the EU.
The divorce agreement states that it will start automatically at the end of the transitional period of the Brexit if that agreement is not concluded.
It effectively keeps the UK in a customs union with the EU and Northern Ireland in both the customs union and the internal market.
This means that many EU laws continue to impose the UK, limiting its ability to enter into its own trade agreements. It also means legal controls of some goods crossing the Irish Sea.
Why did Ireland and the EU demand this?
As the UK left the customs union and the internal market, the EU said it needed guarantees that people and goods circulating within its border – in this case in Ireland – complied with its rules.
This is covered by the Brexit transition, which effectively maintains the status quo, and can in theory be done in the extended trade agreement between the EU and the UK.
But the EU said there had to be a backstop to cover what happens in every gap between the transition and the final deal.
Why do critics hate it?
Because Britain cannot decide when to leave the backstop.
Getting out – even if there is a trade agreement – can only happen if both parties agree and Brexiteers fear that the EU will unreasonably demand that the backstop continue to exist, so that EU legislation will continue to apply in Northern Ireland.
MPs from Northern Ireland also hate the legal border in the Irish Sea and insist that the UK be unreasonably divided.
Johnson is trying to renegotiate the conditions for Britain's departure from the EU, but Brussels has maintained that it will not bow to its demand that the Irish border stop be canceled.
Johnson has said that he will not sign an agreement that includes the border protocol, which puts the two parties on a collision course.
Many in Brussels were skeptical as to whether the new prime minister would live up to his promise & # 39; or die & # 39; take it seriously.
But the strong rhetoric from him and his senior allies since he won the keys to Downing Street 10 last week has scared the EU away from it.
Mr. Gove said today that No Deal is now the working & # 39; assumption & # 39; from the British government.
He wrote in The Sunday Times and said: & # 39; We still hope that they will change their mind, but we must assume that they will not.
& # 39; The prime minister is crystal clear, which means we have to prepare to leave the EU without agreement on October 31, and I fully support this approach. & # 39;
Gove said: & # 39; No Deal is now a very real prospect & # 39 ;.
Meanwhile, Mr. Javid is expected to announce more money this week for No Deal preparations.
He said that The Sunday Telegraph & # 39; significant additional funding & # 39; would be made available to ensure that the UK & # 39; is fully ready to leave & # 39; with insiders expecting an announcement worth more than £ 1 billion.
Mr Johnson's move to Downing Street has led to an increase in support for conservatives, an exclusive poll found on Mail on Sunday.
Replacing Mrs. May with Mr. Johnson has given the Tories a & # 39; Boris bounce & # 39; of ten points and a lead of five points on Labor.
But the pressure on Mr. Johnson to during his & # 39; honeymoon & # 39; holding a quick general election will be heightened by the survey's finding that if Labor dumps Jeremy Corbyn as the leader, the Tories would follow with six points.
The Deltapoll survey brings the Tories to 30 percent, a 20 percent increase in the company's poll for this newspaper at the start of the summer – giving Mr Corbyn a six-point lead over Mrs. May an advantage of five points is for Mr. Johnson.
The increase corresponds to a 10-point decrease for Nigel Farage's Brexit party, whose support for a No-Deal Brexit has been matched by Mr. Johnson.
The & # 39; bounce & # 39; is likely to lead to pressure for a Tory-Brexit Party pact. If Mr Farage's remaining supporters switched to the conservatives, the party would be above 40 percent – enough for a healthy majority of the Commons.
But the poll gives a more pessimistic picture of Mr. Johnson's election prospects if Mr. Corbyn is overthrown: in that case, Labor would have a six-point lead.
A handful of other polls also showed the same as what Johnson began to support for his party.
The poll boost and Mr. Johnson's decision to step up the No Deal preparations came when he was confronted with a growing threat from lagging MPs who were determined to stop a No Deal split.
Philip Hammond and Sir Keir Starmer held secret face-to-face conversations immediately before Mr. Johnson became prime minister to discuss how best to thwart No Deal, according to The Observer.
Hammond, a vocal opponent of a disorderly divorce from the EU, resigned as Chancellor on Wednesday afternoon to deprive Johnson of the opportunity to fire him.
Dominic Cummings (on the right, alongside Boris Johnson and Sir Mark Sedwill) plans to turn the Conservative Party conference into a Brexit rally at the end of September
Vote Leave Chief Dominic Cummings (right) with Boris Johnson (left) and Michael Gove (center) during the 2016 referendum campaign. with all possible means & # 39;
Allegedly, Philip Hammond met Sir Keir Starmer immediately after he stopped as a Chancellor to talk about how to stop a No Deal Brexit
And he apparently met Sir Keir, the shadow Brexit secretary, in the hours between his resignation and Mr. Johnson who was installed at number 10.
The former Chancellor had previously suggested that he be a & # 39; nightmare & # 39; would be for Mr. Johnson about Brexit in the back seat and has agreed to do everything he can to stop a bad break from Brussels.
But he is reportedly already taking action in an attempt to do the & # 39; do or die & # 39; frustrate the Prime Minister's promise to deliver Brexit by October 31.
Mr. Hammond and Sir Keir have agreed to work together with other pro-Remain members to find a way to block No Deal.
The alliance represents a potentially major headache for Mr. Johnson as he has a paper thin majority in the Commons of just two MPs.
It came as Rory Stewart was alleged to stand in line for a campaign to prevent Britain from crashing out of the EU without a deal.
Hammond has set up support for the campaign and he wants Mr. Stewart, the unlikely star of the Tory leadership competition, to be in charge.
Mr. Stewart also resigned from the cabinet before he could be fired by Mr. Johnson, who insisted that everyone under him should support the No Deal option.
New Chancellor Sajid Javid has also said that & # 39; all necessary financing schemes & # 39; will be made available for a no-deal, with plans for 500 extra border guards and possibly new port infrastructure
Today, The Mail on Sunday revealed that Mr. Cummings plans to turn the Conservative Party conference into a Brexit rally at the end of September.
The annual meeting of the faithful Tory, to be held this year in Manchester, ends only 29 days before the planned EU departure on 31 October.
This year, the entire four-day meeting will be used to hammer out the message from the government that we are leaving on October 31 with or without a deal at home.
Mr. Cummings told Whitehall advisors and spider doctors on Friday that they were not part of & # 39; a usual government & # 39; but rather from & # 39; a constitutional crisis & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; You must do the absolute minimum regarding the conference, the minimum amount possible. The usual big speeches by many different ministers with many policy announcements to hunt headlines will simply not happen.
& # 39; What you need to realize is that the conference is only a few days away from Brexit, and that's all that matters. & # 39;
In the meantime, the Liberal Democrats have written to cabinet secretary Sir Mark Sedwill to urge him to block Mr. Cummings' appointment after he previously refused to provide evidence to a committee of MPs.
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