PM expects Cabinet agreement on Brexit despite Boris Johnson row
- Author: Megan Austin Sep 21, 2017,
Sep 21, 2017, 0:39
This option is similar to the arrangements adopted by Switzerland, known by its critics as the "EEA-lite", but would be a way of preserving the benefits of the single market.
Mr Johnson released his Brexit vision just as the rest of the Cabinet was mostly coming together around a common stance for the split. But behind closed doors, his allies have concluded he would have no other option as one of the chief campaigners for a complete withdrawal from the European Union but to resign.
The Telegraph, a Conservative-leaning newspaper for which Mr Johnson used to write, reported that he was ready to walk out if the PM embraced a "Swiss model" for Brexit in which the United Kingdom pays for trade.
Phil Hogan, the Irish EU agriculture commissioner, said it was clear that the foreign secretary had become a "diminished figure" who was acting "strangely".
Billed as the PM's most important update to the Government's position since her Lancaster House address in January, the Florence speech is thought likely to include an attempt to break the deadlock over the UK's financial settlement.
"Sounding off personally in this way is totally unhelpful and he shouldn't exploit the fact that she [Theresa May] hasn't got a majority in parliament and he knows perfectly well that normally a foreign secretary would be sacked instantly for doing that", he said.
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After all, she's the one who essentially compared the President of the United States to the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Before ascending to the " SportsCenter " chair in February, Hill and Smith co-hosted "His & Hers" on weekday mornings.
But Downing Street described as "speculation" a Financial Times claim that chief Brexit "sherpa" Olly Robbins, who moved on Monday to a role reporting direct to Mrs May, had told Germany she will offer to pay £20 billion in the period up to 2020 to cover gaps in the budget left by the UK's departure.
But Johnson has staunchly denied the claims, telling reporters in NY that the cabinet is "a nest of singing birds".
The same newspaper yesterday quoted sources close to him suggesting he could quit the Cabinet by the weekend if he is unhappy with Mrs May's speech on Brexit in Florence this Friday.
Boris Johnson could resign if Theresa May signals she will pursue a "Swiss-style" Brexit, even though he is publicly denying he will walk away from the cabinet.
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