Amber Rudd has accused Boris Johnson of backseat driving as she questioned the timing of his 4,000-word vision of Britain’s departure from the EU and made clear that she did not want the foreign secretary managing the Brexit process. The home secretary said she had “unfortunately not” had time to read her cabinet colleague’s entire article, published in the Daily Telegraph a day after a terrorist attack on the London Underground. “I had rather a lot to do on Friday – there was a bomb that nearly went off in Parsons Green. Yesterday I chaired Cobra, I went to see the police. I didn’t have time to read that piece,” she told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr show. Rudd, whose comments were pointed to by Downing Street aides as representative of government thinking, was also asked about the intervention of the Conservative Scottish leader, Ruth Davidson, who tweeted on Friday: “I think she has a point – I had a very busy weekend … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd says Boris Johnson is ‘backseat driving’ over Brexit
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Nigel Farage vowed defiance today despite massive pressure to stand more Brexit Party candidates down in Labour marginals. The MEP dismissed pleas from his own allies such as Arron Banks to avoid splitting the Eurosceptic vote, saying they were suffering from 'Brexhaustion'. Instead he condemned Boris Johnson for refusing to give way in Leave-voting Labour heartlands where the Conservatives could 'never' win. He said if the PM had been willing to do that, a third of Labour voters in some crucial target seats would have followed his advice to endorse the Tories. Making clear hundreds of Brexit Party candidates will be nominated by the deadline of 4pm this afternoon, Mr Farage said: 'The job of the Brexit Party is to hold him to account, because too many times over the last three years the Conservatives have made promises and not delivered.' Mr Farage has said he will field candidates in every Labour-held seat - in a move that could hamper Tory efforts to win a … [Read more...] about ‘We COULD have done a deal’: Nigel Farage says he rejected Boris Johnson’s pact offer because the Tories ‘don’t want a Brexit majority’ – and he WILL fight Labour marginals as nominations deadline looms TODAY
Boris Johnson has been accused by the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, the Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames, of “fundamentally dishonest gymnastics” for criticising a planned multibillion-pound trade deal between the US and the EU that he had previously lauded as “Churchillian” for its brilliance. Soames, the MP for Mid Sussex, said Johnson’s change of position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was yet more evidence of his “complete lack of credibility and coherence” in arguing the economic case for Britain to leave the EU. The former mayor of London, a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign, wrote in his Daily Telegraph column in October 2014 that TTIP – a deal being negotiated by the EU commission with Washington – was a “great project”. He said: “It is Churchillian in that it builds transatlantic links, it is all about free trade, and it brings Britain and Europe closer to America. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson accused of ‘dishonest gymnastics’ over TTIP U-turn
Nigel Farage has turned down an 11th-hour electoral pact offer from the Conservatives, according to reports. Boris Johnson suggested the Tories could put up "paper candidates" in Labour-held seats and do minimal campaigning. This would give the Brexit Party a stronger chance of winning in Leave-supporting areas. But the deal was reportedly rejected by Mr Farage - who wanted the Tories to step aside entirely in the constituencies. He also feared it would leave the Brexit Party with just 40 target seats. The talks broke down on Tuesday and the deadline to nominate candidates arrives at 4pm today. Mr Johnson's final offer came after after the Brexit Party withdrew its own candidates from all 317 seats currently held by Conservatives, the Telegraph reports. Mr Farage described this as the first step towards building a "leave alliance". Read More General election 2019 But the Brexit Party leader remains under pressure to withdraw even more candidates. The Prime Minister has insisted … [Read more...] about General election: Nigel Farage ‘rejects 11th-hour deal from Boris Johnson’
Boris Johnson is considering plans for a regulatory border in the Irish Sea as he seeks a new Brexit “divorce” deal with the EU. The Prime Minister wants an all-Ireland zone for checks on most goods crossing between the north and south of the island as part of a deal that would remove the need for a Northern Irish backstop. The idea, which does not cover tariffs on goods, was discussed with the DUP on Tuesday during talks in Downing Street, at which Mr Johnson also offered a “Stormont lock” to ensure Northern Ireland would be able to veto any future changes to the arrangement. It also emerged on Tuesday that Mr Johnson had ordered detailed feasibility studies on the possibility of a bridge between... … [Read more...] about Could Boris Johnson have the answer to solve the Brexit deadlock?