Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Johnson launches new attack on May as Brexit tensions grow

Johnson launches new attack on May as Brexit tensions grow

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the former foreign secretary said the United Kingdom had opened itself to "perpetual political blackmail" with the so-called backstop plan to ensure no hard border in Ireland.

A Conservative MP has said Boris Johnson has support of people across the country because they find his bluntness "refreshing".

Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson sits in the stands during play on the second day of the fifth Test cricket match between England and India at The Oval in London on September 8, 2018. "Comparing the PM to that isn't amusing'".

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal wraps "a suicide vest around the British constitution" and hands the detonator to the European Union, former foreign minister Boris Johnson said in comments that drew strong criticism.

Another Foreign Office minister, Alistair Burt, tweeted: "I'm stunned at the nature of this attack".

The latest remarks appeared in an article penned by Johnson The Mail on Sunday, in which he described the latest Brexit strategy by the government "a humiliation".

Downing Street has said it did not want to give Boris Johnson's controversial anti-Chequers weekend column any more publicity and insisted that there would be no backing away from the Brexit negotiating plan, despite a warning it could split the Tory party. Again, I say, enough'.

Boris went on to praise Trump as he wrote: "The United States now boasts economic growth rates far in excess of this country, at about 4.5 per cent, and with record low unemployment - and that growth is being driven not just by the U.S. government's decision to cut taxes and regulation..." We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500lb gorilla'.

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Mr Grieve said that language used by Mr Johnson in the Mail on Sunday article was "entirely in character: crude but, for some, entertaining populist polemic". He said that Mr Johnson should "grow up".

But backbench Tory MP Nadine Dorries defended Mr Johnson in the face of what she was "vitriol", saying his critics were "terrified of his popular appeal".

Meanwhile, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, told the BBC there were "better ways to articulate your differences".

"Nor should we assume that unacceptable further concessions will "inevitably" be made on the Chequers proposals".

The Sun leads on aspects of Mr Johnson's life outside Westminster, reporting his wife is set to serve divorce papers on Monday.

"We do need to spend more on the NHS (National Health Service)".

Many of Johnson's supporters hope his increasingly vocal criticism of May signals that he will launch a leadership bid while other Conservatives suggest his Mail article was exclusively to distract attention away from his marital difficulties. "Personally I hope that won't happen".

In 2004, Johnson was accused of having a years-long affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.

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