Boris Johnson sensationally quit as Foreign Secretary this afternoon, plunging Theresa May’s Brexit-battered government into crisis. Mr Johnson resigned just hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis walked out of the Cabinet. Their departures left the Prime Minister scrambling to defend her Chequers’ Brexit deal and save her premiership. Furious Right-wingers were due to confront her at a meeting of the Tory 1922 backbench committee this evening.
Mrs May swiftly replaced Mr Davis with justice minister Dominic Raab and a new Foreign Secretary was due to be announced shortly. Conservative in-fighting broke out in the Commons later as Mrs May was forced to deny last week’s Chequers agreement was a “betrayal” over Brexit. MP Peter Bone faced shouts of “shame” and “nonsense” from Tory colleagues as he claimed activists in his Wellingborough constituency refused to campaign at the weekend as they felt “betrayed” over what emerged from the Cabinet summit.
Mrs May said she was “very sorry” the activists did not feel able to campaign, before adding: “This is not a betrayal.” She said: “We will end free movement, we will end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, we will stop sending vast sums of money to the European Union every year, we will come out of the Common Agricultural Policy, we will come out of the Common Fisheries Policy.
“I believe that is what people voted for when they voted to leave and we will deliver in faith to the British people.”
In his resignation letter, Mr Johnson wrote: “Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.
“That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt. We have postponed crucial decisions – including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November – with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit with large parts of the economy still locked into the EU system but with no UK control over that system.”
Source: Evening Standard