Boris Johnson calls on prime minister to ‘chuck Chequers’

03 October, 2018, 16:00 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she listens from her seat in the audience in the main hall on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham

"Boris always puts on a good show, but what matters to people is what we are delivering for them on the things that affect their day to day lives", she told Sky News.

"My fellow Conservatives, this is not democracy".

"As a government we are preparing for any eventuality but I think it would be sub-optimal", he said at a fringe event on Tuesday evening.

"I want also to congratulate my friend Philip Hammond for predicting that I will never become prime minister, the first treasury forecast in a long time I think to have a distinct ring of truth", he said to prolonged laughter and applause.

Mrs May takes to the stage at the Conservative Conference in Birmingham less than 24 hours after 1,500 delegates gave a thunderous standing ovation to Boris Johnson as he branded her Brexit plans a "constitutional outrage" that would humiliate Britain.

Sixty-five-year-old party member Louise Hyams, from London, said she supported May and had been "worried" Johnson would use his much-hyped speech to attack the Prime Minister. "The prime minister seems incapable of doing this".

He claimed that "enough mess has been created" by Brexit already, adding "let's stop it", before deploring the actions of the Conservative Party in recent weeks as "insane".

"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 and therefore the far-left in the form of Jeremy Corbyn".


Verhofstadt mocked Boris Johnson's latest proposal for a bridge to Ireland saying that he was well-known for proposing plans for bridges, but was "better at burning them".

"It was a great speech, he was optimistic, he talked about Conservative values, and he talked about the opportunities if we do Brexit properly", Richard Tice, co-chairman of campaign group Leave means Leave, said after Johnson's speech.

Mr. Johnson is a major figure in the party and esteemed by many Tories as a guiding light on Brexit. May who recently said the naughtiest thing she'd ever done as a child was run through a wheat field against the wishes of a farmer.

But in an explicit warning that a hard Brexit would derail future spending plans she said this could only happen "when we've secured a good Brexit deal for Britain".

Mrs May will be hoping her big keynote speech goes more smoothly than past year when a coughing fit forced her to stop on several occasions and she was also interrupted by a prankster who handed her a mock P45. May, just change her Brexit plan.

Ian Livermore, 65, from south Gloucestershire said the speech was "superb" and showed why Johnson should be leader.

"You know we, he and I are all members of the Conservative and Unionist Party. That's because we believe in the union of the United Kingdom", she told the BBC. "Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom", she said. And we have a guarantee for the people of Northern Ireland and we are upholding that. "It is the only plan on the table at the moment that does".

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