Boris Johnson calls May's Brexit plan a 'cheat'

Boris Johnson calls May's Brexit plan a 'cheat'

Boris Johnson calls May's Brexit plan a 'cheat'

British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to rally her badly divided party behind her on Wednesday as key Brexit deadlines loom, but faces intense opposition to her plans for trade and the Irish border.

"It would mean that United Kingdom business and industry, our entire economy, would be exposed perpetually to regulations that might have been expressly designed at the behest of foreign competitors to do them down", Johnson told the Conservative Party conference in the English city of Birmingham.

To standing ovations, cheers and laughter, Johnson, May's most powerful critic in her governing party, said her so-called Chequers plan to leave the European Union was a "cheat" that would leave Britain "locked in the tractor beam of Brussels".

But she told the BBC: "There are one or two things that Boris said that I'm cross about".

"We must show everyone in this country that we are that party", Mrs May will declare.

The Prime Minister said she did not watch Mr Johnson's address, preferring to talk with activists.

Mr Johnson's demand for the PM to "chuck Chequers" has echoed around the corridors and fringe meetings at a gathering riven by profound differences over the best approach to Britain's European Union withdrawal.

"We can not, must not and will not let this weaselly cabal of superannuated Marxists and Hugo Chavez-admiring, anti-semitism-condoning Kremlin apologists anywhere near the government of this country".

Mr Johnson renewed his attack on Theresa May's Brexit plan, describing it as a "cheat" that could lead to a boost for the far-right.

After private polling for the Tories suggested a Johnson leadership could kill off Ruth Davidson's bid to become First Minister in 2021, Mr Mundell declared: "What is a fact is that Mr Johnson is not an asset for the Scottish Conservative Party".

The reports quoted party sources as saying they feared having Mr Johnson in Downing Street would damage the party's recent revival in Scotland.

'They want to support a party that is decent, moderate and patriotic.

She told the BBC Johnson's alternative Brexit proposals would, she said, tear up the United Kingdom by forcing Northern Ireland to operate separately from the rest of the U.K. On that score she is supported by leader Arlene Foster and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the Northern Ireland party whose 10 seats are helping to keep the Conservatives in power.

"As a government we are preparing for any eventuality but I think it would be sub-optimal", he said at a fringe event on Tuesday evening.

Ms. May has held back on criticizing Mr. Johnson, but on Tuesday, she said his speech had made her "cross".

In his letter to Sir Graham Brady the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, Mr Duddridge - who served as a whip and junior minister under David Cameron - said the Conservatives need "a strong leader, someone who believes in Brexit and someone to deliver what the electorate voted for".

"We can have a transformational leader".

"It was a great speech, he was optimistic, he talked about Conservative values, and he talked about the opportunities if we do Brexit properly", Richard Tice, co-chairman of campaign group Leave means Leave, said after Johnson's speech.

And he added: "The Prime Minister seems incapable of doing this".

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