brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Boris Johnson went to war with his own sister today, accusing her of 'talking nonsense' by suggesting he wanted a hard Brexit to help City moneymen make a financial killing. The Prime Minister said Remainer Rachel Johnson was 'wrong' to claim that he was acting on behalf of vested financial interests who want to exploit Brexit to make money betting against Britain. Ms Johnson, 54, a former Change UK election candidate, told Sky News last week that her brother might have been backing 'people who have invested billions in shorting the pound or shorting the country'. He dismissed the claims in an interview with LBC this morning as he did a series of broadcast interviews ahead of a speech tomorrow at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. 'She’s wrong but, I’m not going to, I’m not going to get dragged into conversations about my beloved family,' he said. The Prime Minister said Remainer Rachel … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson accuses his sister Rachel of talking ‘absolute nonsense’ over her claim that he wants a No Deal Brexit to help hedge funds make billions as he admits ‘I disagree with some people in my family’ over politics
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Boris Johnson’s No 10 operation is increasingly on an election footing, with leaked internal emails revealing he was due to meet the political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby. As Conservative advisers come under intense pressure to produce manifesto ideas quickly, a well placed source said Johnson had a meeting set up in the next few days with Crosby, the election guru who worked on the campaigns of David Cameron in 2015 and Theresa May in 2017. The meeting had been due to be attended by just Johnson and Sir Eddie Lister, his chief strategic adviser. However, in a sign of the jostling for power and preferment within No 10, some other advisers demanded to be present – including Danny Kruger, the prime minister’s new political secretary – and the meeting was taken out of the diary. Johnson is a longtime friend of Crosby, who worked on his London mayoral campaigns, and the pair are understood to have talked informally on the phone regularly during his leadership … [Read more...] about Emails reveal Boris Johnson laying groundwork for election campaign
Every politician dreams of being able to pick their opponents. Boris Johnson is no different, as he has to rely on his fellow Tory MPs to decide upon who deserves to stay in the race against him to be the next Prime Minister. The Tory leadership frontrunner has particular reason to be interested in the results of today's second ballot of MPs as he has to face those who are still in the race in the BBC studio tonight to debate their contrasting visions. Mr Johnson did not have to worry about his own status coming under threat, given that MPs have continued to swing behind him such as Damian Green, Tracey Crouch and recently ousted rival Andrea Leadsom. But he will be annoyed that Rory Stewart squeaked through, given the damage he can do as a maverick outsider with little to lose. Rory Stewart has the most disruptive potential of those still in the race. The self-confessed “Marmite candidate” prompted Michael Gove to issue a plea in the Times this morning about setting … [Read more...] about With Dominic Raab out, Boris Johnson is now free to be the toughest Brexiteer standing
It has been condemned as the Cabinet of Chaos – a collection of opposition MPs and Tory Remainer rebels who could seize the reins of power if Boris Johnson’s Government falls next month. The plum Foreign Office job is being lined up for high-profile Tory rebel Rory Stewart Draft lists of how an ‘interim’ Coalition Cabinet would look have been drawn up by Labour and Liberal Democrat strategists. They are planning for a situation where the two parties form a government with Scottish Nationalists and the 21 Tory rebels booted out by Mr Johnson for defying him on Brexit. The ‘war-gaming’ is taking place amid mounting speculation that the Prime Minister will be forced to quit if he fails to secure a Brexit deal, with the Tories replaced by a so-called ‘unity government’ committed to delaying the UK’s departure from the EU. Yesterday’s dramatic events at Labour’s conference – where deputy leader Tom Watson fought off an … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Chaos Cabinet: If Boris Johnson falls this motley crew of opposition MPs and Tory Remainer rebels could seize the reins of power
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Boris Johnson is expected to present his 'final offer' Brexit proposals to the EU in the coming days as he tries to secure a deal before the October 31 deadline. The Prime Minister will submit a formal plan setting out how the UK believes the Irish border backstop can be replaced. Today it emerged that the PM's proposed way forward could include the introduction of so-called 'customs clearance centres' away from the border. But how would they work and are they actually a part of the government's thinking? All of the key questions are answered below as the battle for Brexit enters its final phase. In broad terms, what is the plan to replace the backstop? Mr Johnson's proposals are expected to be based on establishing a so-called all-Ireland 'economic zone'. This zone would allow certain items to move across the Irish border without any checks because both sides would stick to the same … [Read more...] about ‘Customs clearance centres’ on either side of the Irish border, factory gates checks and ‘an all-Ireland economic zone’… so how WOULD Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan actually work?