Boris Johnson calls for tax cuts for a ‘dynamic’ post-Brexit Britain

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2018

"Comparing the Prime Minister to that isn't amusing".

Mr Johnson quit the Cabinet in opposition to her Chequers plan which would see the United Kingdom remain closely aligned with European Union rules on goods.

Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan criticised his former boss, saying the article was "one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics".

Allies of Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, have hit back after Downing Street was accused of compiling a "dirty dossier" created to damage his reputation.

Conservative lawmaker Tom Tugendhat, a former army officer, said on Twitter that he had seen the aftermath of a suicide bombing in Afghanistan, and "comparing the PM to that isn't amusing".

The former foreign minister demanded the Conservative Party promise to "liberate and energise people" by reducing the tax burden on Britons, which is at a 49-year high according to the TaxPayers' Alliance group. "If it isn't now, I will make sure it is later".

Mr Johnson launched the attack amid further focus on his private life following the announcement that he has separated from his wife Marina Wheeler and the couple are divorcing.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid - viewed as a potential leadership rival - rebuked his former Cabinet colleague, saying: "I think there are much better ways to articulate your differences".

The Sunday Times has reported that Mrs May's aides wrote a 4,000-word "dirty dossier" on Mr Johnson in 2016, exposing a "catalogue of lurid allegations" against him.

A number of prominent Conservatives criticized Johnson for his statements.

The paper says it has seen the document - said to have been written during the Conservative leadership contest - but officials at Downing Street and Conservative Campaign Headquarters have denied circulating it.

Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said her organisation would back a second vote on Brexit if May failed to win a deal that supported workers.

Carolyn Fairbairn, head of business group the Confederation of British Industry, said Sunday that a no-deal Brexit would be a "catastrophe" that would leave thousands of businesses unsure whether they could continue trading with Europe. We ought to be able to do that giant and generous free trade deal the Prime Minister originally spoke of.

"Nor should we assume that unacceptable further concessions will "inevitably" be made on the Chequers proposals".

Housing minister James Brokenshire urged Conservatives to move forward with the Chequers plan, which May has failed so far to win backing from her party, Britain's parliament and also European Union negotiators.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Johnson lashed out at the government's "backstop" measure, which aims to ensure there is no hard border with the Republic in the event of a no-deal withdrawal from the EU.

He said: "Instead of canvassing tax rises, we should say that tax henceforward will not go up".

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