Boris reveals the real reason for his 4000 word Brexit outburst

21 September, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • UK Prime Minister Meets With The European Council President Donald Tusk

Cabinet ministers will be asked to contribute to Theresa May's crucial speech to break the Brexit deadlock, amid growing speculation that Boris Johnson is poised to quit in protest.

On 22 September Prime Minister Theresa May will be travelling to Florence, Italy to make a speech on Brexit negotiations.

Despite the challenge to her authority, May sought to brush off the controversy during a trip to Canada on Monday, referring to his reputation for gaffes by saying "Boris is Boris".

Publically Johnson has supported it but "privately he has told friends that a so-called "EEA minus" version of Brexit is something he "could not live with", according to the report.

Downing Street insisted he would remain in post and Mrs May told Sky News last night he was "doing good work as foreign secretary", but the pair were not expected to meet while both are in the same NY hotel for the United Nations general assembly.

It is understood that May's speech will avoid discussing the finer details of a future UK-EU relationship, which would leave the door open for either of the options reportedly favoured by different members of the cabinet.

Asked if she was confident of getting consensus on her Brexit strategy at Thursday's meeting, May said: "Yes, the cabinet is absolutely clear about the destination we are aiming for in relation to our European negotiations". Switzerland pays for access to the single market.

A senior European Union official has accused Boris Johnson of being "completely out of the loop" on the government's Brexit negotiations.

Boris Johnson, the divisive United Kingdom foreign secretary, is "completely out of the loop" when it comes to Britain's negotiations over its divorce with the EU, Phil Hogan has said. "I think that is what is going on".

It emerged earlier in the day that he will travel to Florence to hear her Brexit speech, billed by Number 10 as a "significant moment" in the process of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

"No", Mr Johnson responded, before cheerily describing the Cabinet as a "nest of singing birds".

As Boris Johnson returned to his hotel after a jog on the streets of New York City on Tuesday morning, he found himself confronted in a lift by broadcasters with one burning question - could he resign over Brexit? Ken Clarke, the former chancellor, said he would undoubtedly have been dismissed if May was not in such a weak position. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'He shouldn't exploit the fact she hasn't got a majority.

"Normally a foreign secretary would be sacked instantly", he said of Johnson's intervention.



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