Boris Johnson slams Chequers 'outrage' in direct pitch to Tory members

Boris Johnson slams Chequers 'outrage' in direct pitch to Tory members

Mr Johnson then went on to give his views on the Good Friday agreement, which Mrs May's partner in government - DUP leader Arlene Foster - yesterday said was not "sacrosanct" while also praising the "belief" and "spirits" set out in Boris Johnson's Brexit plan.

But she has since drawn criticism for overseeing major cuts to police budgets, a growing political issue amid rising crime and after a string of terror attacks.

However, the all-encompassing process of preparing for Brexit has squeezed out any domestic agenda, meaning Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will inevitably be her legacy.

"Not because they believe they would enhance economic growth, but because they don't care about economic growth because they are more interested in redistributing wealth than in creating more of it", Hammond said.

Johnson's full-blooded pro-Brexit rhetoric has wide support among Conservative Party members, though the speech was light on detail about his proposed alternative.

Mr Hammond mocked his former Cabinet colleague by mimicking his style of speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, in which he predicted that Johnson will never become PM.

When asked once what was the naughtiest thing she had ever done, May admitted to running through fields of wheat as a child.

She argues that her plan is the only way to avoid customs checks along the now invisible border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland - a development that would be troublesome for residents and businesses on both sides, and could undermine Northern Ireland's peace process.

And she made clear she was not ready to hand over the reins of power, telling BBC Radio 4's Today: "I'm in this for the long term, not just for the Brexit deal but actually for the domestic agenda we are setting out at this conference".


During Monday's speech Raab also attacked the opposition Labour party who, at their own annual conference in September, voted to back a second referendum, criticising leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnel for hijacking the party. She's a hard Brexit backer and believes, like Mr. Johnson, that Ms. May's Brexit strategy, saying she's a "captive of the establishment", but he said a tumultuous leadership fight now would be "a disaster" for the party. "My letter of no confidence (in the prime minister) is in there as a marker on the ground".

Mrs May, who said she did not watch the speech, responded by stating that she was "cross" about some of Mr Johnston's remarks. May to respond to Mr. Johnson challenge in her speech on Wednesday.

But she said parts of his speech about Northern Ireland angered her.

But despite seeming to rally party members to his cause by calling on Conservatives to return to their traditional values, he disappointed some supporters by saying he would stick by May at least for now.

Mr Johnson said Chequers would leave the United Kingdom "locked in the tractor beam of Brussels", and warned that the only winners from a Chequers-style Brexit would be the far-right and far-left in British politics.

"I think he really set the right tone, I was anxious he would be divisive and speak against the Prime Minister".

He said he was anxious the United Kingdom was "so demoralised and so exhausted" that it might submit to foreign rule, a clear attack on May's Brexit plans.

Asked on BBC1's Breakfast what her relationship with Mr Johnson was like, she laughed and said: "Well, I'm sure that's going to be a very lively event this evening".

"This is a plan which ensures we deliver on the vote of the British people".

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