Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Johnson says it's not too late save Brexit

Johnson says it's not too late save Brexit

Johnson, who led the main Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, resigned this month over May's strategy, triggering the government's biggest crisis since she lost her parliamentary majority after calling a snap election a year ago.

At heart of this political saga is the fact that the politicians leading the Brexit "Leave" campaign - Boris Johnson chief among them - never actually explained to the British public what a vote for "Leave" entailed.

Some lawmakers said, however, that Mrs May had failed to satisfy anyone and her opponents put forward a series of proposals to water down her plan.

Brexiteers in the Tory Party celebrated after May accepted four amendments to the customs bill tabled by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, and others.

Mr Davis said "the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one".

Sir Geoffrey Howe's 1990 speech after resigning as deputy prime minister over differences with Margaret Thatcher on Europe was widely regarded as setting in train the process which led to her departure nine days later.

The threat from the Brexiteers is not the only danger facing Mrs May, with pro-EU Tories tabling amendments of their own to the Customs Bill and the Trade Bill - which returns to the Commons on Tuesday - which would keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

While Mr Johnson was cautious not to attack the Prime Minister personally, he pulled no punches over her Chequers deal, which he said amounted to "Brexit in name only" and he was unable to accept it or support it.

Following a highly-critical resignation letter, Mr Johnson has kept his counsel as pressure mounted on the prime minister after a total of nine people quit their posts.

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May said she laughed off Trump's suggestion and said instead she has engaged the European Union with negotiations and come up with a Chequers deal which delivers on the Brexit people in Britain had voted for.

Johnson backed a "global Britain", saying he wanted British people to be "champions and catalysts for open markets, and militate ceaselessly for free trade deals".

In a sign that he was keeping his powder dry, he said in an article for The Daily Telegraph that he would resist "for now" the temptation "to bang on about Brexit".

In a BBC television interview on Sunday, Mrs May said she understood the strength of feelings driving the Brexit debate.

Ms Soubry said she did not believe Mrs May was in charge any more.

"This is the scale of the opportunity before us and my message to the country this weekend is simple: we need to keep our eyes on the prize".

The time has come for others to consider their response to the tragic conflict of loyalties with which I have wrestled for perhaps too long.

"It's also quite likely to be either rejected by the European Union or more demands will be made upon it so it will be even less acceptable".

Mr Davis continued: "Do you think the electorate would expect me to do something I thought was wrong?"

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