LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s international secretary Boris Johnson warned there might be a Brexit meltdown however will probably be “all right in the end” and stated that U.S. President Trump would take a harder stance had been he main the talks, in keeping with BuzzFeed.
Johnson’s feedback had been secretly recorded at a dinner on Wednesday night and launched on Thursday by the news web site, simply hours after ministers found a compromise on a backstop Brexit plan for the Irish border.
Johnson stated Prime Minister Theresa May was starting to take a tougher line however that there could be a necessity for level-headedness as talks turned tougher within the months forward.
“I think Theresa is going to go into a phase where we are much more combative with Brussels,” Johnson was recorded saying.
“You’ve got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown OK? I don’t want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It’s going to be all right in the end.”
Johnson stated Trump, who is locked in a battle over steel tariffs with European allies together with Britain, would take a stronger strategy if he had been accountable for the negotiations.
“Imagine Trump doing Brexit,” stated Johnson.
“He’d go in bloody hard … There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It’s a very, very good thought.”
Johnson additionally appeared to criticise finance minister Philip Hammond, who is thought to be some of the pro-European members of May’s cupboard and has drawn criticism from eurosceptics.
The Treasury is “basically the heart of Remain” and is attempting to cease Britain from having full freedom on commerce coverage after Brexit by preserving it tied to the EU’s customs union and to a big extent the only market, Johnson stated in keeping with BuzzFeed.
On Friday, Hammond stated collaborative strategy was higher than a confrontational one in negotiations with the EU while a spokeswoman for May stated the Prime Minister has confidence in Johnson.
“The PM believes that her cabinet and her government are working hard to deliver on the will of the people and working hard to take back control of our money, laws and our borders,” she stated.
Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper; modifying by Stephen Addison