What did we learn from Boris Johnsons first speech as prime minister? Our panel responds

The new PM will have to flesh out his broadbrush plans to unite the country and deliver Brexit, say Zoe Williams and others Atmospherically, Spiro Agnew, for whom the problem wasnt President Nixon (to whom he was vice-president), corruption, scandal or any other sharp edges of reality, it was the nattering nabobs of negativism, the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history. In Johnsons vision, the problem isnt Brexit: the problem is the people who complain about Brexit. The phrases were childish (the doomsters, the gloomsters; the United Kingdom as an awesome foursome) but the thrust was not dissimilar to Theresa Mays. She also entered No 10 filled with certainty and a pugilistic optimism that her will would triumph. Theres never been …

May averts Tory mutiny by agreeing to set her exit date after Brexit bill vote

1922 Committee agrees to let PM wait until after vote on withdrawal agreement bill in early June Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for her departure as prime minister in the first week of June, leading MPs to believe she will trigger a leadership contest before the summer. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said she would agree a timetable for the election of a new leader after her Brexit legislation returned to parliament saying he would of course go for it when there is a vacancy but there is a wide field of up to 20 candidates. May met the 1922 committees executive on Thursday, which represents Tory backbenchers, after mutinous MPs …