PM May could sack Boris Johnson

Marsha Scott
October 11, 2017

She will have the support of her parliamentary team behind her.

Nicola Sturgeon has said that having Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary is bad for the UK's reputation, branding him "embarrassing".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she acknowledges applause from delegates, while passing a slogan whose letters have fallen off.

On Friday, Tory backbencher Grant Shapps toured the TV studios with a list of thirty MPs names who were willing to trigger a leadership challenge, significantly short of the 48 required.

The Guardian has reported that "in a signal of strength after Downing Street successfully deflected the coup", May is preparing to demote Boris Johnson in a cabinet reshuffle.

One cabinet minister said: 'He has completely failed.

It follows a weekend of frantic briefings and counter-briefings from Tory MPs, who are waging an internal war with each other after a disastrous party conference in Manchester.

But the Culture Secretary said: "I don't think it was witty, I don't think it was amusing".

Another minister said: 'Brexit is absolutely crucial to democracy in this country now.

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"He'd just say no - what is she going to do about it?"

Yet while this approach has strong support from within the party, "a major reshuffle is risky, with some fearing those sacked will help agitate for May's early removal", says The Observer.

The Prime Minister has come under pressure to sack both Mr Johnson and Mr Hammond as she tries to reassert her authority over the Tory party.

The Foreign Secretary reacted to articles in the Daily Telegraph and The Sun claiming Mr Johnson was calling for Chancellor Philip Hammond to be sacked and would refuse to leave his post if he was demoted by Theresa May.

This was shot down by the Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, touted as a potential future leader herself, who told Peston it was the Chancellor's job to set out how different Brexit outcomes would affect the British economy.

The two parties should decide on the three major topics, regarding the cost of Brexit, the rights of the European Union citizens, residing in the United Kingdom, and the issues concerning Northern Ireland and Ireland, after which they will proceed with the second stage of negotiations, devoted to the terms of Brexit.

"The EU's lack of willingness to begin talks over a new special relationship highlights the need for the United Kingdom government to prepare more intensively for a no deal scenario even if it is not the desired outcome", warned currency analyst Lee Hardman in a note for MUFG.

'I think he's been deliberately trying to make the Brexit negotiations hard, stall them, obfuscate the issues, I just don't think he's been 100 per cent on board'.

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