More Tories See Farage as a 'Brexit Leader' Than May

Cheryl Sanders
July 19, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy has been thrown into more turmoil after a blistering attack from her leadership rival Boris Johnson who said the plan would leave the United Kingdom in "miserable permanent limbo".

The latest squabbling over Brexit has renewed speculation about a possible leadership challenge for May, who has had a particularly rough few weeks with high-profile resignations, knife-edge votes in the House of Commons, and criticism of her Brexit plans from both those who want to remain in the European Union and those who want to leave.

"I want us to be able to sit down to negotiate the best deal for Britain", May said.

Johnson says "we must try now because we will not get another chance to do it right".

He said he could neither support nor accept the Brexit vision which he and other Cabinet members signed up to at Chequers.

Johnson, who led the main Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, resigned this month over May's strategy, triggering the government's biggest crisis since she lost her parliamentary majority after calling a snap election previous year. Mr. Johnson had remained silent until Wednesday when he delivered a scathing assessment of the plan in the House of Commons and urged MPs to reject it.

Johnson didn't attack May directly - he noted her "courage and resilience".

And he said Britain should be "great independent actors" on the world stage, not "rule takers".

"We are volunteering for economic vassalage", Mr. Johnson told Members of Parliament. The former journalist warned that her proposal for a new relationship with Europe was a "miserable, permanent limbo".

Alongside the June 2016 referendum and the Prime Ministers Lancaster House speech of January 2017 will stand Boris Johnsons personal statement to the House of Commons.

"His speech will be a call for a change in policy, not a change of prime minister". “We need to take one decision now before all others – and that is to believe in this country and in what it can do.” Brexits far-flung friends are “fully expecting us to do what we said and to take back control.”.

Mr Johnson dismissed Mrs May's facilitated customs arrangement plan for the Irish border as a "fantastical Heath Robinson" creation. "Otherwise we continue to make the fatal mistake of underestimating the intelligence of the public, saying one thing to the European Union about what we are really doing and pretending another to the electorate". "I've no doubt Jacob Rees-Mogg is running our country".

Mr. Johnsons partisans know that recent polling shows that Britons dont believe that Mrs.

On Friday, the Telegraph said Johnson had re-joined the newspaper as a columnist.

Sir Geoffrey Howe's 1990 speech after resigning as deputy prime minister over differences with Margaret Thatcher on Europe was widely regarded as setting in train the process which led to her departure nine days later.

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