Boris Johnson Urges Hardliners to Lay Off Theresa May
The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has delivered rebuke to his leave-backing colleagues, telling them that they need to ‘lay off’ Theresa May.
In what is being viewed as a u-turn by the leader of the Leave campaign, Mr Johnson has told rebel colleagues that they need to give Mrs May ‘time and space’ rather than concocting a ‘backstop plan’ to remove her.
The Sunday Times reported that a group of hard-Brexit MPs are preparing a coup against Theresa May that would trigger an unscheduled snap election in October. They are unhappy with what Mr Johnson labelled as the ‘backstop’ plan, which is a proposal for leaving the EU that will keep the UK closely aligned with Europe’s customs union.
The plan has been devised as an alternative proposal to the EU’s suggestion that Northern Ireland should remain in the customs union if the border wrangle cannot be solved.
Striking a more practical and pragmatic tone, Mr Johnson said that it’s time to focus on getting a deal with the EU and she is determined to deliver it. He said it is time that the focus now needs to be on helping her get there:
“We must now give the Prime Minister time and space to negotiate this Brexit vision.”
The news will be welcome to Mrs May who has struggled to unify her Cabinet over the Brexit vision but now seems to be making progress on the deal the UK will strike with the EU after Brexit.