20 September 2018

Johnson to keep slamming May's Brexit plan

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During the former UK Foreign Secretary's upcoming address at a 1,000-strong rally hosted by the Tory grassroots group Conservative Home, he will reportedly lambast Prime Minister Theresa May's so-called Chequers plan on Brexit. reports citing Sputnik.

The Guardian has cited Boris Johnson's close allies as saying that the former UK Foreign Secretary does not plan a leadership bid in the run-up to the forthcoming Tory conference but that he will continue to lash out at Prime Minister Theresa May over her so-called Chequers plan on Brexit.

The ally noted that Johnson is interested in replacing the UK government's policy rather than the Prime Minister, adding that "everyone knows he eventually wants to try to become leader; but not now."

Another ally underscored on Monday that Johnson "will continue to throw rocks at Chequers because he thinks she [May] should be changing direction."

Both Tories also denied allegations that Johnson wants to "clear the desks" by announcing his divorce ahead of a possible leadership bid, saying that "for Marina [Wheeler] the timing is not a priority, it's entirely understandable that she just wants to get on with it."

Also on Monday, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier had noted that Brussels and London could reach a deal on the UK's withdrawal from the bloc in six or eight weeks.

The statement was made amid fears of a "no-deal scenario" and opposition by some politicians, including Barnier, to the Chequers plan, adopted by the UK cabinet in July. At the moment, the parties are still at odds over the major withdrawal issue of post-Brexit customs arrangements.

2018.09.11 / 10:55
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