Brexit: 80 Tory MPs will reject Chequers plan says former minister

The Conservatives face a “catastrophic split” if Theresa May relies on Labour votes to push her Chequers plan through parliament, one of the prime minister’s most persistent critics has warned, as the conflict within the party over Brexit intensified. After a weekend dominated by coverage of Boris Johnson’s views on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and his tangled personal life, the former junior Brexit minister Steve Baker used an interview to mark 200 days before departure to argue May must take a different approach. Baker, who quit in July over Chequers, said at least 80 Conservative MPs would be willing to vote against the plan, which Eurosceptics argue ties the UK too closely to the EU on regulation and alignment, hampering future bilateral trade deals. The issue is expected to dominate the Conservatives’ annual conference at the end of the month, with MPs from the hard-Brexit-backing European Research Group (ERG), which Baker formerly chaired, hoping to sink the Chequers proposal. “If we come out of conference with her hoping to get Chequers through on the back of Labour votes, I think the EU negotiators would probably understand that if that were done, the Tory party would suffer the catastrophic split which thus far we have managed to avoid,” Baker told the Press Association.

“We are reaching the point now where it is extremely difficult to see how we can rescue the Conservative party from a catastrophic split if the Chequers proposals are carried forward. “It is absolutely no pleasure whatsoever to me to acknowledge that, but I look at the mood of colleagues and the mood of the Conservative party in the country and I am gravely concerned for the future of our party.” While it is widely acknowledged that Johnson, who also wants May to abandon the Chequers plans, is seeking to position himself as the next prime minister, Baker said he was not advocating a change in leadership. “Time is running awfully short for anyone who thinks a leadership contest and a general election is a good idea,” the Wycombe MP said. The justice secretary, David Gauke, disputed Baker’s assessment. Asked by Sky News if Baker’s view was accurate, he said: “No, I don’t think it is.” Gauke castigated Baker and fellow Eurosceptics for not having a coherent plan of their own: “This is a process that is going to require compromises from all sides. And I think it is really important that we go forward with the Chequers proposal. Frankly, there isn’t an alternative that has been put on the table by the critics of Chequers. We haven’t had an alternative set out.”

Gauke was similarly critical of Johnson after a furore over an article by the former foreign secretary on Sunday, in which he argued May’s Brexit plans amounted to “a suicide vest around the British constitution”. “I don’t think his comments yesterday were well judged,” Gauke said. “And, returning to the substance, I don’t think he’s set out an alternative approach to Brexit, in contrast to the Chequers plan. This is a time where we have to seriously address the issues in front of us, have a serious plan to deal with the situation. The prime minister is a serious politician who has set out serious plans.” Asked later by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme as to whether he could serve under Johnson, Gauke said there was no vacancy, adding: “I’m probably not a natural Boris supporter.” The former education secretary Nicky Morgan likened the “suicide vest” comment to a previous Johnson article in which he likened Muslim women wearing the niqab to “letterboxes”. Both were “deliberately incendiary language which just masks the ability to debate the issues”, she said. Morgan added: “Boris has to make a decision – I think he’s sort of made it. He’s either a journalist or a he’s a politician. He knew exactly what he was doing when he was using that language.” Baker and his ERG allies are seeking a so-called Canada-plus deal, which would be based around free trade, but with notably more limited alignment to EU rules. The ERG has been drawing up its alternative Brexit plan based on this.

A draft leaked over the weekend showed it also called for significant tax cuts, something strongly argued for by Johnson in his weekly column for the Daily Telegraph on Monday. Baker said the ERG had decided to hold back on the publication of its detailed plan in order to focus on a plan to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit, which he said was the “key to the gate” to a satisfactory agreement. Another ERG member, the Tory MP Simon Clarke, told Today he believed this was possible, adding: “The Northern Irish border issue is one that has been greatly exaggerated and abused. I think, for Irish domestic political reasons and by the EU itself. I think there are good reasons to believe that if you want to solve the problem then you can.”

 

Boris who? Kenyan leader makes a joke at Johnson’s expense

Boris who? Kenyan leader makes a joke at Johnson’s expense

Last month he was foreign secretary, today he became “bicycle guy” when Kenya’s president delivered a humiliating putdown to Boris Johnson to avenge the multiple insults the British politician has thrown at Africa over the years. As President Kenyatta, standing next to Theresa May during her first visit to his country, sought to recall the earlier visit by the former foreign secretary, his memory abruptly failed him. “Last year, if you recall, the foreign secretary then, Boris,”

Mr Kenyatta began as his eyes darted towards Mrs May as he faltered. “Erm, Boris, Boris Johnson . . . yeah bicycle guy — that one! Boris Johnson was here.” Mrs May allowed herself a wry smile as the president eventually “remembered” the name of her former cabinet…

Theresa May, danced, literally –

Rowan Atkinson backs Boris Johnson because ‘you should only ever apologise for a bad joke’

Rowan Atkinson has defended Boris Johnson after his controversial comments about women wearing burkas. The actor, known for his comedy performances in Mr Bean and Blackadder, said the remarks were funny. Atkinson wrote in a letter to The Times: ‘As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.’ Rowan Atkinson has backed Boris Johnson saying the joke was funny

He added: ‘All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them. ‘You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.’ Mum stabbed to death ‘after helping daughter to escape from arranged marriage’The Uxbridge MP said Muslim women wearing face coverings ‘look like letter boxes’, and compared them to bank robbers and rebellious teenagers in a Telegraph column. Mr Johnson is to face an investigation by an independent panel after complaints that his comments breached the Conservative Party’s code of conduct. Atkinson’s intervention in the Boris Johnson burka row is not the first time the comic actor has waded into controversy around free speech. Mr Johnson is facing calls to apologise but has so far refused. The Blackadder and Mr Bean star spent years campaigning against legislation that eventually made it an offence to incite religious hatred. The Racial and Religious Hatred Act, which became law in 2007, dogged Tony Blair’s government as it was repeatedly attacked by free speech campaigners on its way to the statute book. Council tells parents to remove paddling pools due to health and safety concerns

After a failed attempt to introduce the legislation in 2001, the government tried again in 2004 with the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. At the time Atkinson said elements of the legislation, designed to punish extremists who incite religious hatred, were a ‘wholly inappropriate response’ and could stifle freedom of speech. The laws attempted to make a new offence of incitement to religious hatred to protect faith groups, particularly Muslims, from attacks. The Blackadder and Mr Bean star spent years campaigning against legislation that eventually made it an offence to incite religious hatred. He said: ‘To criticise a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous but to criticise their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom.’ The actor said he could think of ‘quite a few sketches’ that he had performed that could come under the remit of the proposed new law ‘in the right hand and with the right energy’. RAF veteran says council ‘stole’ his wartime diaries

The government eventually changed tack and the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill passed through Parliament in 2006. Atkinson said at the time: ‘With it, it seems to me, everybody wins. Those who seek to threaten religious communities will know that such behaviour has now been outlawed and those who have sought to retain the right to criticise and ridicule religious beliefs and practices now have those rights enshrined in legislation in a manner never previously achieved.’

 

Criticism grows of Johnson’s burka jibe

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is facing growing criticism over his remark that Muslim women wearing the burka “look like letterboxes”. Dominic Grieve, the ex-attorney general, said he would quit the party if Mr Johnson became leader. Ex-Tory chairwoman Baroness Warsi said his remarks could trigger a rise in hate crime. Senior Tories have urged him to apologise but Mr Johnson has not done so, and has stood by his comments. In a Daily Telegraph article, he said full-face veils should not be banned, but it was “absolutely ridiculous” women chose to “go around looking like letterboxes”. He also compared them to looking like “bank robbers”. A source close to the former London mayor has said: “We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on difficult issues. “We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists.”

But, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, Mr Grieve – a former Remain campaigner who has previously clashed with Mr Johnson over Brexit – said his behaviour was “very embarrassing”. Mr Grieve said he would “without the slightest doubt”, quit the Tories if Mr Johnson became leader, “because I don’t regard him as a fit and proper person to lead a political party”. Earlier Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said there was no reason not to have a “robust conversation” about the subject, but added: “We’re not talking to our friends in the pub. We are public figures and we have an additional obligation to be careful.” A former Tory chairman, Lord Pickles, said Mr Johnson, who was foreign secretary until resigning last month over Brexit, risked “closing down” the debate with his “illiberal language”.

Supporters of Mr Johnson say the row is politically-motivated and that other senior Tories have made similar remarks without such criticism. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSenior Conservative Muslim peer Lord Sheikh calls on party to take whip away from JohnsonMr Johnson, who is a former mayor of London and the current MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, has long been seen as a potential candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party. He fronted the successful Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, and resigned as foreign secretary last month in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit plans. Writing in the Guardian, Baroness Warsi said Mr Johnson’s remarks were “indefensible” and “have no place in the modern Conservative Party”. She said, although he was setting out a liberal position on the burka, he was doing it in an “alt-right” way, and using Muslim women as “political fodder… to stake out a leadership bid”. “Johnson’s words… send out a message that Muslim women are fair game,” she wrote. Image copyright PA Image caption Baroness Warsi was the first Muslim woman to sit in a British cabinet But mother-of-seven Tahira Noor, who has been wearing a burka for 20 years, said it was “100% my choice” and Mr Johnson’s comments showed a “lack of knowledge”. She told BBC Radio 5 Live: “In today’s day and age, the majority of the women who wear the burka are born and brought up in this country, are educated in this country, they’ve been to colleges, universities, and have understood why they want to do what they’re doing. ”

They’re under no oppression, they’re not doing it because their husbands want them to or their fathers want them to.” Ms Noor has four daughters and none of them wear a burka. “I haven’t forced my daughters into it because I don’t have to,” she said. “It’s not a must, it’s not an obligation.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson ‘has caused offence’, PM saysMr Johnson’s former adviser Munira Mirza said Mr Johnson’s views on the burka had been “entirely consistent” and other Conservative politicians had expressed the same view, without being called Islamophobic. In 2013 former Justice Secretary Ken Clarke – who also opposed a ban on the public wearing of burkas – said they should not be worn while giving evidence in court. He referred to burkas as a “peculiar costume” and a “kind of bag”. Ms Mirza said: “The reality is there is a political fight here. “People who frankly couldn’t care less about the issues that Muslim women face are piling into Boris because Boris said it.” What is Islamophobia? By BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani Last year, Zaynab Hussein, a mother from Leicester, was left fighting for her life after a man she didn’t know smashed into her with his car – and then ran over her again. She was attacked because she was a Muslim. Tell Mama, the national organisation that collects anti-Muslim attack statistics, says that the majority of street victims of such abuse and violence are women, for the same reason that Mrs Hussein was singled out: some Muslim women are easily identifiable by their mode of dress – and therefore easy to target. Seven years ago Baroness Warsi said prejudice against Muslims had passed the “dinner table test”.

And Mr Johnson’s critics regard his “letterbox” and “bank robber” comments as part of the problem the peer defined: normalising prejudice and dehumanising women, rather than calmly debating the complexities of the veil in an open society. Since Baroness Warsi’s warning, there has been the launch of a cross-departmental working group to tackle anti-Muslim hate. But it has been criticised as toothless, not least because the government can’t agree a definition for Islamophobia. What Boris Johnson said In his Daily Telegraph column, Mr Johnson – who last month quit the government in protest at Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit policy – was commenting on the introduction of a burka ban in Denmark. He said he felt “fully entitled” to expect women to remove face coverings when talking to him at his MP surgery – and schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student “turns up… looking like a bank robber”. “If you tell me that the burka is oppressive, then I am with you,” he said. “If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree – and I would add that I can find no scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran. “I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letterboxes.” He said businesses and government agencies should be able to “enforce a dress code” that allowed them to see customers’ faces. But he said: “Such restrictions are not quite the same as telling a free-born adult woman what she may or may not wear, in a public place, when she is simply minding her own business.” He said a total ban on face-covering veils would give a boost to radicals who said there was a “clash of civilisations” between Islam and the West, and could lead to “a general crackdown on any public symbols of religious affiliation”.

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Boris Johnson has FINALLY moved out of his lavish official residence

Boris Johnson has FINALLY moved out of his lavish official residence

Removal vans were pictured at Carlton Gardens, the £20million apartment overlooking St James Park that is used by the serving Foreign Secretary. Mr Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler, a barrister, and his son Milo were pictured today removing the family’s possessions – including a punching bag.  Mr Johnson walked out of Government on July 9 but was given permission to stay on in the luxury pad while sorting out an alternative place to live.   The continued presence has led to claims Mr Johnson is squatting in the luxury apartment – despite it being common practice for ex-ministers to stay on for a short period of time. Protesters picketed the residence, which is opposite St James Park in central London, with a stunt removal van last week. Boris Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler and son Milo were seen helping the movers remove family possessions from the grace and favour apartment on Carlton Gardens today  There was no sign of the former Foreign Secretary as his family threw out rubbish as part of today’s move forced by his resignation over Brexit Movers removed exercise equipment including a punch bad and a bench from the £20million apartment in central London today.

Removal men also took carefully wrapped possessions out of the apartment, which overlooks St James Park  Removal vans were pictured at Carlton Gardens today, the £20million apartment overlooking St James Park that is used by the serving Foreign Secretary Johnson has remained at One Carlton Gardens (left) while also renting out a property in Islington, North London (right) for the past three weeks  Protesters picketed the residence, which is opposite, St James Park in central London, with a stunt removal van last week (pictured) As he resides in One Carlton Gardens, Johnson is also raking in tens of thousands renting out a four-storey Georgian property four miles away, Mirror Online reports.   Johnson is expected to receive a £17,000 payoff after quitting his cabinet job.

He has been urged to pack his bags and shift out of the house near ­Buckingham Palace so that new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt can move in. Following his resignation, Labour MP Catherine West accused Johnson of ‘taxpayer-funded squatting’, adding: ‘He should pack his bags and move on.’ Stephen Doughty MP said it was ‘­extraordinary’ that the ‘failed Foreign Secretary’ remained at the property while renting out his own, pointing out that prime ministers vacate Number 10 in just one day.  It is understood that Johnson will live rent-free in the property (pictured) until the end of July despite quitting his Foreign Secretary position 11 days ago  A government spokesman said: ‘Former Ministers are expected to leave official residences as quickly as practicable at the end of their tenure, taking into account their personal ­circumstances and family needs. ‘We can confirm there is no additional cost to taxpayers involved.’ A Whitehall source claimed Hunt and Johnson had a ‘discussion’ about the Grade I listed home. The source said the former Health Secretary lives in Pimlico but holds official engagements at One Carlton Gardens. Johnson is understood to still be paying all running costs of the private living area. But the source confirmed that he has been living at the home rent-free as people close to him insisted Johnson has permission to stay until the end of the month as he prepares to move into a new home. Royal Ballet ­choreographer Wayne McGregor rents Johnson’s Islington house in North London and moved in toward the end of 2016. Wayne McGregor (pictured at the Olivier Awards with the prize for Best New Dance Production in 2016) rents Johnson’s Islington property Johnson declared ‘rental income of more than £10,000 a year’ for the £2.3million house he bought in 2009 in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

The Mirror found a similar property on the same street was today being offered for £6,500 a month or £78,000 a year in rent. Mr McGregor, who is thought to have met Johnson in 2015 at a school dance project, declined to comment when asked whether he would be moving back in to his home. The Crown Estate – which looks after the Queen’s properties – owns One Carlton Gardens.  The Foreign Office leases the building and ­in 2015 officials paid £482,341 a year in rent on the property, meaning at least £13,000 has been spent on it since Johnson quit. He wrote a column in The Daily Telegraph a week after leaving his role and it is understood that this will become a weekly role.  He earned about £250,000 a year writing a column for the paper before joining the Cabinet in 2016, describing the pay as ‘chicken feed’.

Brexit marketing campaign chief should be hauled before Commons, say MPs

Brexit marketing campaign chief should be hauled earlier than Commons, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs is demanding new powers that might force witnesses to present proof before parliament or face potential imprisonment, as anger grows over the refusal of the previous Vote Leave director, Dominic Cummings, to reply claims that the organisation that helped to ship Brexit broke electoral regulation. Stress for parliament to have the ability to power attendance is coming from senior parliamentarians, together with the chairs of a number of highly effective choose committees. A parliamentary report from the all-party digital, tradition, media and sport (DCMS) committee can be anticipated to name for parliament to have the flexibility to demand attendance, backed by the specter of sanctions, this week. Anger at Cummings’s refusal to come back earlier than MPs has intensified since Vote Depart was fined £61,000 and referred to the police after the Electoral Fee discovered final week that it had damaged electoral regulation. The watchdog dominated it had exceeded its £7m spending restrict by funnelling £675,315 by way of the pro-Brexit youth group BeLeave – particulars of which have been revealed within the Observer. The founding father of BeLeave, Darren Grimes, was fined £20,000 and referred to the police, together with Vote Depart official David Halsall. Cummings, who escaped censure, had beforehand been requested by the DCMS committee to present proof over claims of rule-breaking however refused, accusing MPs and the Electoral Fee of “grandstanding”. The Observer understands that an interim report by the DCMS committee, chaired by Tory MP Damian Collins, will name inside days for an inquiry into how you can beef up the powers of parliament to make sure folks known as to present proof can not merely refuse to attend. Final evening a Labour member of the DCMS committee, Paul Farrelly, mentioned: “There isn’t any level in us huffing and puffing about this and permitting folks like Cummings to thumb their noses at us. Parliament was the establishment that Cummings needed energy to be restored to. The Electoral Fee has now discovered that Vote Depart broke electoral regulation. We will definitely name for an pressing examination of how you can give the Home powers to summon witnesses within the digital age. This needs to be carried out by the Home of Commons Requirements committee.” In an interview with the Observer, Vote Depart volunteer Shahmir Sanni, who blew the whistle on co-operation between Vote Depart and BeLeave this 12 months, mentioned neither the politicians behind the Vote Depart marketing campaign – Michael Gove and Boris Johnson – nor the officers on the high of the organisation have been being held to account. “This debate is now not about Brexit. It’s merely concerning the regulation and the way democracy was perverted by the breaking of it. Not one of the administrators of Vote Depart or the ministers on its board and committees have been held to account. There are individuals who oversaw this criminality nonetheless working in authorities, deciding the way forward for this nation. “The sheer disrespect that Dominic Cummings has proven towards parliament and that [former Vote Leave chief executive] Matthew Elliott has demonstrated in interviews towards our authorities is testimony to how tainted Westminster has turn out to be. Everybody concerned should be held to account, in any other case we’re going to lose much more than simply low cost flights to Europe come March 2019.” An Opinium ballot exhibits that 66% of the general public imagine Vote Depart’s behaviour in breaking electoral regulation is a “severe matter” – versus 17% who don’t. Some 40% suppose the behaviour affected the results of the referendum whereas 41% don’t. A number of different heads of choose committees spoke out to demand that parliament have energy to summon witnesses, and a brand new system with sanctions together with fines or imprisonment in the event that they refuse to take action. Sarah Wollaston, who chairs each the well being and social care choose committee and the liaison committee, which contains all chairs of choose committees, mentioned: “It’s the peak of hypocrisy that somebody who ran a marketing campaign that emphasised returning powers to parliament now refuses to seem earlier than MPs. Now that there’s a judgment [from the Electoral Commission] in opposition to Vote Depart it’s much more vital that he seems to elucidate what was occurring.” Nicky Morgan, chair of the Treasury choose committee, mentioned: “The choose committees are an important a part of democracy. Refusing to seem in entrance of 1 isn’t nearly snubbing parliament: it’s about intentionally turning your again on our democracy. Somebody who requested voters for his or her belief simply two years in the past ought to behave higher.” The previous Legal professional Normal Dominic Grieve, who chairs the intelligence and safety committee mentioned: “It’s time for parliament to plot a brand new system that allows folks to be summoned, backed by correct sanctions ought to they refuse to take action.” The Labour MP Hilary Benn, who chairs the Brexit choose committee mentioned: “Vote Depart might have gained the referendum however they’re now rightly being held to account each for the guarantees they made and for his or her behaviour in combating it. The extra this scrutiny reveals, the much less a number of the people concerned seem to wish to be related to their position and its penalties for the nation. Day-to-day, nonetheless, we’re studying how mistaken they have been.” Cummings was not obtainable for touch upon Saturday. Vote Depart responded to final week’s Electoral Fee report by saying it was “wholly inaccurate” and “politically motivated”. Greater than 40 MPs known as on Friday for far-reaching adjustments to the UK’s electoral system, which was described as unfit for objective and in dire want of reform. Stephen Kinnock, whose letter to the speaker, John Bercow, was signed by 45 Labour, Lib Dem and Inexperienced MPs, mentioned the present fines have been an inadequate deterrent and have been considered “merely as the price of doing enterprise”.

Boris Johnson’s resignation speech in full: ‘It isn’t too late to save lots of Brexit’

Boris Johnson’s resignation speech in full: ‘It isn’t too late to save lots of Brexit’

Removed from making legal guidelines in Westminster, there are massive sectors during which ministers could have no energy to provoke, innovate and even deviate. After many years during which UK ministers have gone to Brussels and expostulated in opposition to expensive EU regulation we at the moment are claiming that we should settle for each jot and tittle for our financial well being with no say of our personal. And no approach of defending our companies and entrepreneurs from guidelines now and sooner or later that will not be of their pursuits. My Rt Hon buddy the Chancellor was requested to determine the largest single alternative from Brexit After some thought, he mentioned “regulatory innovation. Nicely, there could also be regulatory innovation post-Brexit, however it gained’t be alas coming from the UK, or not in these areas We’re volunteering for financial vassalage not simply in items and agri-foods however we shall be pressured to match EU preparations on the setting and social affairs and far else moreover.

Boris Johnson launches stinging assault on Could’s timid Brexit

Boris Johnson launches stinging assault on Could’s timid Brexit

Boris Johnson launched an excoriating assault on Theresa Could’s ‘dithering’ Brexit technique in the present day in his first Commons speech since quitting. The previous overseas secretary exploded again into the political fray by lambasting her ‘depressing’ technique because the Prime Minister struggles to include open warfare within the Tory get together. He complained {that a} ‘fog of self doubt’ had descended on the federal government after Mrs Could’s landmark Lancaster Home speech on Brexit final yr, and she or he had allowed negotiations with the EU to be dictated by questions concerning the Irish border. In a devastating assault, Mr Johnson accused the PM of deceptive voters about her intentions and placing the UK ‘in limbo’ with the Chequers plan she compelled by Cupboard. Making a transparent pitch for the highest job with out instantly calling for Mrs Could to stop, he added: ‘It’s not too late to save lots of Brexit.’ The searing evaluation – hailed because the ‘speech of a statesman’ by Jacob Rees-Mogg – may throw Mrs Could again into turmoil simply as she hoped to limp into the summer time parliamentary break.  Mrs Could was not within the chamber for Mr Johnson’s assertion, as she was struggling to defend her Chequers plan in a stormy encounter with senior MPs on the Liaison Committee on one other a part of the property. She additionally confronted a showdown with restive Tory backbenchers at a non-public end-of-term assembly tonight pleading with them to ‘take the struggle to Labour’ moderately than squabbling amongst themselves. Terribly, Mrs Could was stored ready by the 1922 committee outdoors the room the place the gathering is held – leaving her on the mercy of lurking journalists. Requested whether or not she can be watching Mr Johnson’s speech later, she mentioned: ‘I feel I will most likely be doing my purple field.’ She additionally shrugged off questions on whether or not she would survive the summer time as chief. ‘I feel you recognize the reply to that,’ she mentioned. ‘All of us want a break.’ Boris Johnson exploded again into the political fray because the Prime Minister struggles to include open warfare within the Tory get together Mr Johnson was flanked by key Brexiteers on the well-known inexperienced benches, together with Iain Duncan Smith, Edward Leigh, Conor Burns, Nadine Dorries and Ben Bradley The speech was praised on Twitter in the present day by Brexiteers together with former Ukip chief Nigel Farage (left) and Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg Mr Johnson triggered chaos within the authorities on Monday final week when he resigned days after the summit on the PM’s nation residence. Allies of the premier have been braced for him to make a bid to oust her – though sources near the MP have harassed he is not going to make a ‘private’ assault.  Mr Johnson was flanked by former aide Conor Burns on the well-known inexperienced benches, in addition to Brexiteers Nadine Dorries and Ben Bradley.  David Davis, who additionally resigned final week, was additionally close by.  He positioned himself within the virtually precisely the identical spot the place Geoffrey Howe delivered his 1990 resignation speech that dealt a killer blow to Margaret Thatcher As Mr Johnson delivered his searing resignation assertion, Theresa Could was giving proof to the Liaison Committee in a special a part of parliament Mr Johnson mentioned a ‘fog of self doubt’ had descended on Mrs Could since her Lancaster Home speech final yr Mr Johnson was flanked by key Brexiteers on the well-known inexperienced benches, together with Iain Duncan Smith, Edward Leigh, Conor Burns, Nadine Dorries and Ben Bradley.  David Davis, who additionally resigned final week, was additionally close by.  Letting free on the PM’s complete strategy with a collection of rigorously calibrated however damning salvos, Mr Johnson mentioned she should heed anger from Eurosceptics.    The important thing factors from Boris’s bombshell resignation speech  ON MAY’S LANCASTER HOUSE VISION FOR BREXIT  ‘It’s as if a fog of self-doubt has descended…  ‘We by no means truly turned that imaginative and prescient right into a negotiating place in Brussels and we by no means made it right into a negotiating supply.  ‘As an alternative we dithered and we burned by our negotiating capital. We agreed at hand over a £40billion exit charge with no dialogue of our future financial relationship.’  ON THE PM’S CHEQUERS PLAN  ‘The results of accepting the EU’s rule books and of our proposals for a fantastical ‘Heath Robinson’ customs association is that we’ve a lot much less scope for commerce agreements.’  ON THE NORTHERN IRELAND BORDER ISSUE  ‘Once I and different colleagues… proposed additional technical options to make customs and regulatory checks remotely, these proposals had been by no means correctly examined, as if such options had grow to be intellectually undesirable within the context of the argument.’  ON WHAT MAY MUST DO TO DELIVER ‘GREAT’ BREXIT ‘If the Prime Minister can repair that imaginative and prescient as soon as once more earlier than us, then I imagine she will be able to ship a terrific Brexit for Britain with a constructive, self-confident strategy that may unite this get together, unite this Home and unite this nation as nicely.’  ‘The results of accepting the EU’s rule books and of our proposals for a fantastical ‘Heath Robinson’ customs association is that we’ve a lot much less scope for commerce agreements,’ he mentioned. Mr Johnson accused the PM of ‘saying one factor to the EU.. and one other factor to the voters’.  ‘It isn’t too late to save lots of Brexit. We’ve modified tack as soon as in these negotiations, and we are able to change tack once more.’ In a rallying cry to Eurosceptics, Mr Johnson mentioned that Mrs Could had not even tried to take a troublesome line with the EU. ‘We by no means truly turned that imaginative and prescient right into a negotiating place in Brussels and we by no means made it right into a negotiating supply.  ‘As an alternative we dithered and we burned by our negotiating capital. We agreed at hand over a £40billion exit charge with no dialogue of our future financial relationship.’  He mentioned regardless of what some former Cupboard colleagues thought it was not potential to do a ‘botched treaty now’ after which ‘break and reset the bone afterward’.  ‘We have not even tried. We should attempt now as a result of we is not going to get one other probability to get it proper,’ Mr Johnson added. Mr Johnson mentioned the Chequers deal would go away Britain in ‘limbo’ and the federal government should ‘imagine’ within the nation. He instructed the Commons: ‘We’re volunteering for financial vassalage.’  Mr Johnson insisted that checks away from the Northern Irish border and technical options had been potential.  He cited issues raised by himself and former Brexit secretary David Davis, saying: ‘Once I and different colleagues… proposed additional technical options to make customs and regulatory checks remotely, these proposals had been by no means correctly examined, as if such options had grow to be intellectually undesirable within the context of the argument.’  Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘We have to take one resolution now earlier than all others and that’s to imagine on this nation and what it could do.’  Mr Johnson mentioned it turned ‘taboo to even focus on technical fixes’ relating to the Irish border.  He added: ‘After 18 months of stealthy retreat we’ve come from the intense certainties of Lancaster Home to the Chequers settlement.’  Mr Johnson mentioned Britain must be ‘nice impartial actors’ on the world stage, not ‘rule takers’.  ‘That was the imaginative and prescient of Brexit that we fought for,’ he mentioned.  ‘That was the imaginative and prescient that the Prime Minister rightly described final yr.  Mr Johnson’s speech was cautious to keep away from instantly calling for Mrs Could to stop – however insisted she needed to change course to ship a clear Brexit Mr Johnson was positioned in virtually precisely the identical spot the place Geoffrey Howe delivered his 1990 resignation speech dealing a devastating blow to Margaret Thatcher (pictured) ‘That’s the prize that’s nonetheless attainable. There may be time. And, if the Prime Minister can repair that imaginative and prescient as soon as once more earlier than us, then I imagine she will be able to ship a terrific Brexit for Britain with a constructive, self-confident strategy that may unite this get together, unite this Home and unite this nation as nicely.’  Earlier, Mrs Could was goaded at PMQs by Conservative backbencher Andrea Jenkyns who demanded to know when she had determined that ‘Brexit means Stay’. How may Theresa Could also be ousted as Tory chief? Theresa Could faces a mortal menace to her management of the Conservative Occasion and Authorities.  A Tory management contest may be known as in one in all two methods – if Mrs Could resigns or if MPs power and win a vote of no confidence in her. Calling votes of no confidence is the duty of the chairman of the 1922 Committee, which incorporates all backbench Tory MPs. Chairman Graham Brady is obliged to name a vote if 15 per cent of Tory MPs write to him calling for one – presently 48 MPs.  The method is secret and solely Mr Brady is aware of what number of letters he has acquired. The process was final utilized in 2003 when Iain Duncan Smith was ousted as Tory chief. If Mrs Could is ousted, any MP is eligible to face. Conservative MPs will then maintain a collection of ballots to whittle the record of contenders down to 2, with the final place candidate dropping out in every spherical.  The ultimate two candidates are then supplied to the Tory membership at massive for an election.  However amid jeers within the Commons a clearly annoyed Mrs Could hit again that she was nonetheless dedicated to leaving the EU and needed a ‘workable’ answer. The clashes, at a raucous final questions session earlier than the summer time recess, got here after Mrs Could narrowly fended off a doubtlessly existential problem to her negotiating technique final evening.  Amid dramatic scenes at Westminster final evening, a dozen Conservative Remainers defied warnings they’d collapse the Authorities by siding with Jeremy Corbyn to demand Britain stays within the EU customs union. Mrs Could has repeatedly insisted that the UK should not be in a customs union, as it might forestall commerce offers being struck elsewhere.  However rebels ignored warnings from Tory chief whip Julian Smith that defeat would immediate him to name a vote of confidence in Mrs Could in the present day, adopted by a potential common election.  Tory insiders mentioned one other ten Eurosceptic MPs would have despatched in letters of no confidence in Mrs Could if she had misplaced final evening’s vote – doubtlessly pushing the overall over the 48 wanted to spark a management problem.  Rebels inflicted an early defeat on the Authorities once they voted to maintain Britain tied into the European Medicines Company after Brexit by 305 votes to 301. However, minutes later, the tables had been reversed as MPs voted by 307 to 301 to reject an modification to the Commerce Invoice ordering the PM to pursue a continuation of the customs union. 5 Labour MPs voted with the Authorities: former ministers Frank Area and Kate Hoey and backbenchers John Mann, Graham Stringer and Kelvin Hopkins, who’s presently sitting as an impartial following suspension. If they’d voted the opposite approach, the Authorities would have misplaced by 4 votes.  At PMQs at lunchtime,  Mrs Could was goaded by backbencher Andrea Jenkyns over when she determined that ‘Brexit means Stay’ Brexiteer Ms Jenkyns has grow to be a thorn within the facet of the PM, calling her premiership ‘over’ Mr Johnson triggered chaos within the authorities on Monday final week when he resigned days after Mrs Could compelled her Chequers Brexit plan by Cupboard. Former overseas secretary Boris Johnson was within the chamber for PMQs earlier – positioned near the seat the place Geoffrey Howe delivered his well-known assault on Margaret Thatcher after quitting as chancellor in 1990 Attacking her chief at PMQs, Ms Jenkyns – who has already urged Mrs Could to stop – requested: ‘Might the Prime Minister inform the Home at what level it was determined that Brexit means Stay?’ Mrs Could insisted that her mantra of ‘Brexit means Brexit’ nonetheless stood.  ‘At completely no level, as a result of Brexit continues to imply Brexit,’ she replied.  ‘And if I can say to her, I do know she needs us to speak concerning the positives of Brexit and I agree along with her. ‘We must be speaking concerning the constructive future for this nation. I perceive she’s additionally criticised me for in search of an answer that’s workable. ‘No deal Brexit IS higher than a foul deal’: Could defends her Chequers blueprint from assault by Liaison Committee MPs  Theresa Could in the present day repeated her warning that ‘no deal is healthier than a foul deal’ – as she admitted that a few of her Brexit plan won’t be prepared in time. The Prime Minister tried to fend off claims that her controversial Brexit proposal is ‘baffling’ – however she struggled to clarify how her customs plans would truly work. And she or he revealed her plans for the EU to gather tariffs for the UK and vice versa won’t be prepared earlier than the UK totally leaves the bloc, after the transition interval, in December 2020. Theresa Could says the EU has seen the ‘power of our place’ on Brexit as she is grilled on her plans by MPs in the present day. Mrs Could made the admission as she was grilled by senior MPs sitting on the Liaison Committee amid a Tory civil struggle over her Chequers plans – that are also called the facilitated customs association  The PM instructed the hostile committee that ‘no deal is healthier than a foul deal’ and that ‘preparations for a no deal are being stepped up’.  Her feedback got here after her Worldwide Commerce Secretary Liam Fox warned that EU international locations may see their GDP – their nationwide earnings – fall by as a lot as eight per cent. Mrs Could instructed the committee: ‘The bulk of what’s required for this facilitated customs association will certainly – as we’ve indicated – be in place by December 2020. ‘There’s a query as to the velocity with which the reimbursement mechanism can be in place.  ‘Up to now the suggestion is that might take longer to be put into place. That has but to be lastly decided.’    The PM repeated her warning to Brussels that that ‘no deal is healthier than a foul deal’as she appeared in entrance of the parliamentary committee. Full textual content of Boris Johnson’s resignation assertion to MPs  ‘Thanks Mr Speaker for granting me the chance to first to pay tribute to the women and men of the Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace who’ve executed an excellent job over the past two years. ‘I am very proud that we’ve rallied the world towards Russia’s barbaric use of chemical weapons, with an unprecedented 28 international locations becoming a member of collectively to expel 153 spies in protest at what occurred in Salisbury. ‘We’ve rejuvenated the Commonwealth with an outstanding summit, that noticed Zimbabwe again on the trail to membership and Angola now wanting to affix. And as I depart we’re main international campaigns towards unlawful wildlife commerce and in favour of 12 years of high quality schooling for each lady. ‘And we’ve the flag, the Union flag, going up in 9 new missions: within the Pacific, the Caribbean, and Africa and extra to come back, in order that we’ve overtaken France to boast the largest diplomatic community of any European nation. ‘None of this, Mr Speaker, would have been potential with out the assist of my proper honourable good friend, the Prime Minister. Everybody who has labored along with her will recognise her braveness and her resilience. And it was my privilege to collaborate along with her in selling World Britain, a imaginative and prescient for this nation that she set out with nice readability at Lancaster Home on January 17 final yr. ‘A rustic keen, as she mentioned, not simply to do a daring, formidable and complete free commerce settlement with the EU out of the customs union, out of the one market, but additionally to do new free commerce offers all over the world. I believed it was the proper imaginative and prescient then, I feel so in the present day. However within the 18 months which have adopted it’s as if a fog of self-doubt has descended. ‘Although our mates and companions favored the Lancaster Home imaginative and prescient, it was what they had been anticipating from an formidable associate, what they understood. Although the commentators favored it, and the markets favored it, my proper honourable good friend the Chancellor I am certain noticed, the pound soared. We by no means truly turned that imaginative and prescient right into a negotiating place in Brussels and we by no means made it right into a negotiating supply. A bullish Mr Johnson delivered his dramatic resignation assertion to expectant MPs within the Home of Commons this afternoon ‘As an alternative we dithered and we burned by our negotiating capital, we agreed at hand over a £40billion exit charge with no dialogue of our future financial relationship. We accepted the jurisdiction of the European Court docket over key points of the withdrawal settlement. ‘And worst of all we allowed the query of the Northern Irish border, which had hitherto been assumed on all sides to be readily soluble, to grow to be so politically charged as to dominate the controversy. ‘Nobody on both facet of this home or anyplace needs a tough border. You could not assemble one in case you tried however there actually may be completely different guidelines north and south of the border to replicate the truth that there are two completely different jurisdictions, in truth there already are. ‘There may be checks away from the border and technical options because the Prime Minister rightly described at Mansion Home, in truth there already are. However after I and different colleagues, and I single out my proper honourable good friend the honourable member for Haltemprice and Howden, proposed additional technical options to make customs and regulatory checks remotely these proposals had been by no means even correctly examined as if such options had grow to be intellectually undesirable within the context of the argument. ‘And by some means after the December joint report whose backstop association we had been all instructed was fully provisional by no means to be invoked it turned taboo even to debate technical fixes. ‘So Mr Speaker after 18 months of stealthy retreat we’ve come from the intense certainties of Lancaster Home to the Chequers settlement. You place them side-by-side. ‘Lancaster Home mentioned legal guidelines will as soon as once more be made in Westminster. Chequers says there will probably be an ongoing harmonisation with a standard EU rule e-book. Lancaster Home mentioned it might be fallacious to adjust to EU guidelines and rules with out having a vote on what these guidelines and rules are. Chequers now makes us guidelines takers. ‘Lancaster Home mentioned we do not need something that leaves us half in, half out and we don’t search to carry on to bits of membership as we depart. Chequers says that we’ll stay in lockstep on items and agrifoods and rather more apart from with disputes finally adjudicated by the European Court docket of Justice. ‘Removed from making legal guidelines in Westminster, there are massive sectors wherein minsters can have no energy to provoke, innovate and even deviate. ‘After a long time wherein UK ministers have gone to Brussels and expostulated towards expensive EU regulation, we are actually claiming that we should settle for each jot and tittle for our financial well being with no say of our personal and no approach of defending our companies and entrepreneurs from guidelines now and sooner or later that is probably not of their pursuits. ‘My proper honourable good friend the Chancellor was requested to establish the largest single alternative from Brexit. After some thought he mentioned regulatory innovation. Effectively there could also be some regulatory put up Brexit. It will not be alas coming from the UK and definitely not in these areas. We’re volunteering for financial vassalage, not simply in items and agrifoods however we will probably be compelled to match EU preparations on the setting and social affairs and far else apart from. ‘After all, all of us need excessive requirements however it’s laborious to see, I say to my honourable mates, it’s laborious to see how the Conservative authorities of the 1980s may have executed its very important provide facet reforms with these freedoms taken away. ‘And the results of accepting the EU’s rulebooks and of our proposals for a fantastical Heath Robinson customs association is that we’ve a lot much less scope to do free commerce offers because the Chequers paper truly acknowledges and which we must always all frankly acknowledge as a result of if we fake in any other case we proceed to make the deadly mistake of underestimating the intelligence of the general public – saying one factor to the EU about what we’re doing after which saying one other factor to the voters. ‘And provided that in essential methods, that is Bino or Brino or Brexit in identify solely, I’m in fact unable to just accept it or assist it as I mentioned within the cupboard session at Chequers. ‘I’m glad now to talk out towards it and give you the chance to take action. ‘Mr Speaker, it isn’t too late to save lots of Brexit. We’ve time in these negotiations, we’ve modified tack as soon as and we are able to change once more. The issue isn’t that we did not make the case for a free commerce settlement of the sort spelt out at Lancaster Home, we’ve not even tried. ‘We should attempt now as a result of we is not going to get one other probability to get it proper. And it’s absolute nonsense to think about, as I concern a few of my colleagues do, that we are able to by some means afford to make a botched treaty at times break and reset the bone afterward. ‘As a result of we’ve seen even in these talks how the supposedly provisional turns into everlasting. We’ve the time and I imagine the Prime Minister has the assist of Parliament. Keep in mind the keenness for Lancaster Home and Mansion Home! ‘It was clear final evening that there is no such thing as a majority on this home for a return to the customs union. With goodwill and customary sense we are able to tackle the issues concerning the Northern Irish border and all different borders. ‘We’ve totally two-and-a-half years to make the technical preparations together with preparations for a world commerce consequence – these preparations which we must always now speed up. ‘We should always not and needn’t be stampeded by anybody. However allow us to once more purpose explicitly for that superb imaginative and prescient of Lancaster Home – a powerful, impartial self-governing Britain that’s genuinely open to the world. ‘Not the depressing everlasting limbo of Chequers. Not the democratic catastrophe of ongoing harmonisation with no approach out and no say for the UK. ‘We have to take one resolution now earlier than all others and that’s to imagine on this nation and in what it could do. ‘As a result of I can let you know Mr Speaker that the UK’s admirers – and there are hundreds of thousands if not billions internationally – are totally anticipating us to do what we mentioned and to take again management. And to have the ability to set new requirements for applied sciences wherein we excel, to behave not as guidelines take us, however as nice impartial actors on the world stage. ‘And to do free commerce offers, correct free commerce offers for the profit and the prosperity of the British folks. That was the imaginative and prescient of Brexit that we fought for, that was the imaginative and prescient, that the Prime Minister rightly described final yr. ‘That’s the prize that’s nonetheless attainable. There may be time. And if the Prime Minister can repair that imaginative and prescient as soon as once more earlier than us then I imagine she will be able to ship a terrific Brexit for Britain, with a constructive, self-confident strategy that may unite this get together, unite this home and unite this nation as nicely.’
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