Boris Johnson 'caves in' over Brexit red lines

Aaron Brown
October 11, 2017

Boris Johnson intends to "just say no" if Theresa May attempts to demote him, allies of the Foreign Secretary have said, as they warned sacking him would undermine Brexit and destabilize the government.

May hinted at the weekend that she may be considering a cabinet reshuffle to reassert her authority, raising questions over the fate of foreign minister and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson, who has been accused of undermining her.

All the cabinet big beasts were there to support the prime minister as she made her first Commons statement since her darkest hour in Manchester last Wednesday.

Asked if Mrs May agreed with Eurosceptic Tories that the Treasury was blocking progress on Brexit, the spokesman said: "The Treasury, like every department in Whitehall, is working hard to deliver on the wishes of the British public and to deliver a smooth and orderly Brexit". She is tipped to give an update at 3:30pm local time saying, "I believe we can prove the doomsayers wrong".

The uncovering of a plot led by former party co-chairman Grant Shapps to remove Mrs May from 10 Downing Street has fuelled fresh speculation over her premiership.

He told other MPs via WhatsApp: "I am frankly fed up to the back teeth with all this". I do not know if they are really my friends and allies or if they represent some sinister band of imposters.

Mr Johnson is thought to be in the firing line after he helped throw the gathering into chaos with leadership manoeuvring.

Another supposed ally was quoted as saying that moving Johnson would go down "like a bucket of cold sick" with pro-Brexit voters.

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'Whoever they are they do not speak for me'.

"It has never been my style to hide from a challenge and I'm not going to start now", the newspaper quoted Mrs May as replying, in what it called a signal that she was prepared to bring in new ministers to her Cabinet and axe those who had caused her problems.

One minister had told the Daily Telegraph: "Let's say she tries to move Boris to Defence Secretary".

When asked where Mrs May should put Mr Johnson in a possible Cabinet shake-up, the Tory peer quipped "Mongolia".

But senior Conservatives loyal to the Prime Minister are striving to move on from the party's post-conference turmoil, with Culture Secretary Karen Bradley claiming more than 90% of Tory MPs are in support of Mrs May.

James Airey, Leader of the Conservatives in Cumbria and the Parliamentary Candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale at June's General Election, said: "In her speech yesterday, Theresa May reached out to a wide audience, just as she did in her inspiring speech on the steps of No.10 previous year, and we applaud her".

'She very much wanted to do that before the election was called because I don't think he's been completely on board.

In the messages the Foreign Secretary urged his fellow Tories to "get behind the PM" and turn their efforts on battling Jeremy Corbyn.

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