Chequers is much worse than status quo, says Boris Johnson

Pauline Gross
September 15, 2018

Brexit-supporting lawmakers in British Prime Minister Theresa May's party called on her to change course on Brexit but said they supported her remaining as leader.

He told ITV News: "I've been told that she will get a full appraisal of comments that were made over the dinner".

Baker is the former chairman of the Eurosceptic body the European Research Group, which plans to publish its own proposals for Brexit ahead of the Conservative Party Conference.

Mr Johnson is likely to upstage Mrs May at the Conservative Party conference next month in Birmingham when he makes a speech the day before the Prime Minister delivers her keynote speech. On Wednesday she told MPs that if there was no deal, the payment of the €40-billion-plus "divorce" bill could be withheld: "Without a deal, the position changes", May said.

"We have looked at a significant number of potential solutions and we believe that the plan put forward by Chequers is the only credible and negotiable one".

Condemning the proposals aimed at resolving the Northern Irish border issue, Mr Johnson said: "We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail".

This comes as Johnson's Daily Mail column received criticism from within the party after describing Mrs May's Brexit strategy as a "suicide vest".

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid rebuked his former Cabinet colleague, saying "there are much better ways to articulate your differences".

Sir Alan Duncan, Johnson's former deputy at the Foreign Office, said: "This marks one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics".

Sarah Wollaston, chairwoman of the Commons Health Select Committee, said Mr Johnson was not "fit to lead the country" and indicated she would quit the party if he became prime minister.

Garvin said the jobs of only "hundreds" of JPMorgan's 16,000 staff in the United Kingdom would be immediately affected by Brexit, though that could rise to around 4,000 in the years to come depending on the settlement reached between Britain and the EU.

If leaders agree at the September 20 meeting, diplomats expect a final set of guidelines to be formally adopted at the October summit of European Union leaders, setting the stage for a special Brexit summit in November, where the two sides would aim to conclude talks. The EU is no longer right for the UK.

A debate in Parliament has been triggered by a petition signed by nearly 200,000 people arguing that the Article 50 notice to leave the European Union should be withdrawn due to Brexit campaign Vote Leave's overspending.

"Of all the years that I've sat in this chair, this coming year is one of the most hard to give guidance on because there is this uncertainty of the Brexit outcome", Associated British Foods finance director John Bason told Reuters.

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