Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Boris Johnson accused of 'backseat driving' over Brexit blueprint

Boris Johnson accused of 'backseat driving' over Brexit blueprint

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has fueled speculation that he hopes to eventually succeed Prime Minister Theresa May by spelling out his Brexit goals days before her major policy speech on the topic.

Amber Rudd said she had been "too busy" dealing with the Parsons Green bomb attack to read the opus and criticised the Foreign Secretary for releasing the piece at the time of the blast.

In the Telegraph, Mr Johnson said once the United Kingdom had "settled our would be a fine thing. if a lot of that money went on the NHS".

This morning Home Secretary Amber Rudd accused Boris Johnson of "backseat driving" over Brexit.

Damian Green, the first secretary of state who is Mrs May's deputy, said Mr Johnson would not be sacked.

Mr Johnson said that Britain should not pay Brussels after Brexit in 2019 and said that staying in the single market would make a "complete mockery" of the referendum.

This comes as Mrs May is reportedly considering to pay up to £40billion in a Brexit divorce bill in order to keep access to the single market over a two-year transition. "The reason is that he, like the rest of the cabinet, like the prime minister, is all about wanting to get the best deal for the British people". "I am here to tell you that this country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily".

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, this morning she clarified: 'What I meant by that is I don't want him managing the Brexit process'.

Boris Johnson has insisted he is "all behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit" after setting out a 4,000 word vision of Britain's future outside the European Union that has been viewed as a challenge to her leadership.

He said: "It's good ministers have stopped threatening to use our collective security as a Brexit bargaining chip, but this proposal is deeply muddled".

Mr Johnson insisted on Saturday that he was "all behind" the Prime Minister and "looking forward" to her speech in Italy.

Ending jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Britain was a key rallying cry of pro-Brexit campaigners ahead of last year's referendum on EU membership, along with calls to cut migration to the country.

"Our systems of standards will remain absolutely flush with the rest of the European Union", he said, but when addressing the housing shortage he added: "There may be ways of simplifying planning procedures, post-Brexit, and abbreviating impact assessments, without in any way compromising the environment".

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