Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

'Chuck Chequers': Boris Johnson denounces May's Brexit plan at party gathering

'Chuck Chequers': Boris Johnson denounces May's Brexit plan at party gathering

British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to rally her badly divided party behind her on Wednesday as key Brexit deadlines loom, but faces intense opposition to her plans for trade and the Irish border.

Theresa May says she wasn't watching Boris Johnson's speech.

Mr Johnson made no open suggestion he would challenge Ms May, saying the party must back one of her earlier Brexit plans which he says she has ditched, and said one of the few predictions the Treasury department had got right was that he would not be prime minister.

"That is, in fact, a point on which he has to apologise, I think because we can not take it as such a thing he said".

"If we cheat the electorate, and Chequers is a cheat, we will escalate that sense of mistrust."

'We must show everyone in this country that we are that party.

Several newspapers reported on Tuesday morning that the Scottish Conservatives would strongly oppose any attempt by Mr Johnson to replace Theresa May as prime minister.

He reiterated his call for Britain to leave the EU without a withdrawal deal and negotiate a trade agreement similar to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

The reports quoted party sources as saying they feared having Mr Johnson in Downing Street would damage the party's recent revival in Scotland.

In her crucial conference speech, the PM will make a direct appeal to mainstream Labour voters disillusioned by Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing agenda to switch to the "decent, moderate, patriotic" Tories.

Speaking to BBC Radio from the Conservative Party annual conference, May was asked how long she expected to remain in charge of the country and her party.

He added: "My fellow Conservatives, this is not democracy".

A United Kingdom cabinet minister has accused Boris Johnson of being "focused on his own self-interest and not on the interests of our country".

Ross Thomson, however, is a member of the hard-Brexit backing European Research Group, and is a loyal follower of Mr Johnson, being pictured yesterday physically shielding the former London Mayor from journalists. "That is not what we voted for", he said. So I would like her to concentrate on domestic policy and what the Conservatives should be doing beyond Brexit: housing policy, financial policy, health policy.

"Although he's against the Chequers deal he was supportive of the party and he wasn't really criticising the Prime Minister", she said.

Some of Johnson's supporters, while welcoming his speech, said they believed now was not the time to launch a leadership bid against May.

Boris Johnson wants to delay Brexit by six months if he becomes Prime Minister.

The tweet said that Mr Mundell's son Oliver, a Conservative MSP, was "the sort of public speaker that makes you wish his dad had embraced his sexuality sooner".

"It was a great speech, he was optimistic, he talked about Conservative values, and he talked about the opportunities if we do Brexit properly", Richard Tice, co-chairman of campaign group Leave means Leave, said after Johnson's speech.

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