LONDON (Reuters) – Former British international minister Boris Johnson referred to as once more on Sunday for Prime Minister Theresa May to vary course on Brexit, accusing her of forcing by way of a deal to maintain the nation locked within the EU’s customs union in a “total surrender”.
Boris Johnson addresses delegates at a Conservative Home fringe assembly on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
It was the most recent name by Johnson, the figurehead of Britain’s marketing campaign to go away the European Union, for May to drop her so-called Chequers plans in favour of negotiating a clear break with the bloc and securing a Canada-style free commerce deal.
His feedback come days after his brother, fellow Conservative lawmaker Jo Johnson, resigned as a transport minister over Brexit. Boris Johnson stated he agreed together with his brother that the Brexit talks had been “the biggest failure of UK statecraft since Suez” when Britain lost management of the waterway within the 1950s.
“I really can’t believe it but this government seems to be on the verge of total surrender,” he wrote in his weekly column within the Telegraph newspaper.
“I want you to savour the full horror of this capitulation … we are on the verge of signing up for something even worse than the current constitutional position. These are the terms that might be enforced on a colony.”
The Independent web site reported that May has been pressured to desert plans for a cupboard assembly on Monday to approve a Brexit deal.
Johnson accused the government of being unable to barter a strategy to finish unilaterally a so-called backstop association, designed to stop the return of border controls between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.
Such a failure would flip Britain into “a vassal state” till the bloc determined to maneuver on to commerce talks, he stated.
“It is frankly hard to see why they should,” he wrote, including that May’s Chequers plans, named after her nation residence, had been very a lot alive regardless of widespread criticism.
“The essence of the idea – that the UK should remain in the customs union and the single market for goods and agri-food – is what the backstop entails. And you can be absolutely sure that this idea will be at the heart of the ‘deal’ that I have no doubt the prime minister will shortly and magically secure.”
Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; enhancing by David Stamp