British ex-Foreign Minister Johnson attacks government on taxes

Marsha Scott
September 11, 2018

We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500lb gorilla."In the most contentious passage, Johnson castigated the so-called backstop plan to ensure no hard Irish border, which would see Northern Ireland effectively remain part of the single market if no other workable solution is found.Johnson wrote: "We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail".

Mr Johnson, a strong supporter of Brexit, quit Ms May's government in July after rejecting her proposal for close economic ties with the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves next year.

But when pressed by Nick, Mr Gauke refused to say whether he would support Boris as Prime Minister.

Sammy Wilson said the former foreign secretary's assessment of the Brexit plan "communicated beautifully the dilemma the government has placed the country in". "Comparing the PM to that isn't amusing", he said.

Earlier, he was criticised for accusing May of wrapping "a suicide vest around" Britain and handing the detonator to the European Union with her plans for Brexit - the biggest shift in British foreign and trade policy for nearly half a century.

Alistair Burt MP added: 'There is no justification for such an outrageous, inappropriate and hurtful analogy'.

"It means we are a vassal state", he said in the column.

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".

The i carries a similar story - saying a "Stop Boris backlash" has begun. Again, I say, enough'.

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Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat said he was offended by Johnson's use of the term "suicide vest". He said that Mr Johnson should "grow up".

Mr Johnson's relationships have landed him in trouble in the past.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid - viewed as a potential leadership rival - rebuked his former Cabinet colleague, saying: "I think there are much better ways to articulate your differences".

He backed the Chequers proposals which he said represented "the only deal that we've got on the table".

Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, Bridgen said he "admired" Johnson for giving the public "confidence in our political system".

It is the first public comment from Mr Johnson since he and his wife, Marina Wheeler, confirmed they were getting divorced earlier this week.

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.

The announcement followed newspaper allegations the former London mayor had been having an extra-marital affair.

In a sign of the war within the party, The Sunday Times reported that Mrs May's aides had drawn up a dossier on Mr Johnson during an aborted run for the leadership in 2016. "Personally I hope that won't happen".

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