Theresa May 'driving from front' on Brexit after Boris Johnson row

Jerome Frank
September 19, 2017

Gove, back on job by May as minister of Environment, has header next to Preti Patel internal defense of Boris Johnson, who has rescued as cornerstone of its manifesto, great "lie" of referendum campaign: fate of 350 million pounds a week (one € 380 million) of current budget of European Union public health.

Johnson, who is set to meet May in a showdown meeting in NY ahead of her address to the UN General Assembly, repeated his stance on Monday that he would not support any payments to the European Union after Brexit in March 2019.

The Home Secretary described her colleague as an "irrepressible enthusiast" on Brexit who brought "enthusiasm, energy, and sometimes entertainment" to the Cabinet.

He said: "What I am trying to do is set out, in advance of the prime minister's speech in Florence on Friday, because I was involved in that Brexit campaign, people want to know where we are going". There was a bomb that almost went off in Parsons Green. "No, I didn't have time to read the piece".

On Friday, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson led criticism of Mr Johnson, posting on Twitter: "On the day of a
terror attack where Britons were maimed, just hours after the threat level is raised, our only thoughts should be on service".

The Home Secretary has been widely touted as a potential successor to Mrs May and she failed to rule out a bid for the top job.

The Conservative's general election campaign has been roundly condemned for focusing too heavily on Mrs May, particularly given her less than assured performances in front of the cameras.

"I haven't got time for the rest of it", she said.

Asked whether she was frustrated with the Foreign Secretary's actions, May said: 'Boris is Boris.

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But amid the furore, Mr Johnson insisted in a tweet he was "looking forward to PM's Florence speech".

"All behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit", he added.

In an interview with the Observer, Sir Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, whose party conference opened in Bournemouth on Saturday said: "He clearly thinks that Theresa May is on the verge of a U-turn which would lead to a transitional deal that would keep us in the single market".

Boris Johnson - who shook hands with Donald Trump at the United Nations on Monday - gave his own interviews in which he refused to say whether he would quit over his views.

Johnson said Brexit is Britain's chance to catch the wave of new technology, and to put the country in the lead as a "tech powerhouse" as one of four big tech investment areas of the world.

The Cabinet minister was quizzed on his own relationship with the PM by Sarah Smith during her presenting debut on BBC One's Sunday Politics.

Boris wrote: "You say that I claim there would be £350m that "might be available for extra public spending" when we leave the EU".

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