Johnson assaults May's Brexit plan at fractious meeting

Philip Hammond has joined David Davis on a two-day'charm offensive in Germany

Philip Hammond has long been criticised by Brexiteers in his party

As Conservative lawmakers and party members began arriving in Birmingham, central England, for what is expected to be a fractious party conference which starts on Sunday, many have said the Chequers plans are dead and should be torn up.

But she has since drawn criticism for overseeing major cuts to police budgets, a growing political issue amid rising crime and after a string of terror attacks.

Verhofstadt also said the European Union would not and should not seek to change its own attitudes in order to help the "deeply divided" Conservative party, and they would not entertain their "insane notions" put forward at their conference.

Johnson, who became the figurehead for the campaign to leave the European Union, has been one of her loudest critics, describing her plans to keep close ties with the bloc as "deranged" and little more than a bid to turn Britain into a vassal state.

A no-deal Brexit could harm the UK’s economy according to the IMF
A no-deal Brexit could harm the UK’s economy according to the IMF

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said people were "concerned about Mr Johnson's behaviour".

However, Toyota became the latest high-profile business to warn that leaving the world's biggest trading bloc without any trading agreement could add costs and cripple output at plants which rely on the just-in-time delivery of tens of thousands of components.

When asked once what was the naughtiest thing she had ever done, May admitted to running through fields of wheat as a child.

Steve Baker, a former Brexit minister, offered Johnson some support by again defending the proposal - something May says would create a new border between the British province of Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.


He spoke at a fringe event at the Conservative Party annual conference. She's a hard Brexit backer and believes, like Mr. Johnson, that Ms.

After charming the crowds, there was a hunger from some of those present for Johnson to go further and declare a leadership bid - something his aides say he is reluctant to do, yet.

In a speech which delighted the audience at the Conservative Party conference, Johnson called for no new taxes and extra health service spending while the room erupted in cheers when he said May needed "to chuck Chequers", as her Brexit proposals are known. May's Brexit strategy, saying she's a "captive of the establishment", but he said a tumultuous leadership fight now would be "a disaster" for the party.

This similarity was picked up by a cabinet minister who told The Sun that Johnson has been sounding more like Trump since he had a meeting with the United States president's ally Steve Bannon. "We will give credence to those who cry betrayal, and I am afraid we will make it more likely that the ultimate beneficiary of the Chequers deal will be the far-right in the form of UKIP".


"Do not believe that we can somehow get it wrong now, bodge it now and fix it later", he said to cheers.

May has had a tough year since a disastrous 2017 conference speech, when she was her plagued by a cough and interrupted by a prankster while parts of the backdrop fell down as she was speaking.

There was loud applause and cheers as he said: "For one last time, I urge our friends in government to deliver what the people voted for, to back Theresa May in the best way possible - by softly, quietly, and sensibly backing her original plan [Lancaster House]". And we have a guarantee for the people of Northern Ireland and we are upholding that.

"Boris is a great mate of mine, we have a very knockabout friendship, but quite a lot of his ideas, I think, are good headlines but not necessarily good policies".


"Many businesses are sitting on their hands frankly waiting to see what the out turn of this negotiation is before confirming their investment plans", he said.

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