Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson isn’t holding back on is disdain for the freshly inked Brexit draft proposal. And he may well be positioning himself to replace Prime Minister Theresa May.
According to RAW, Johnson considers talks regarding Britain’s ‘future ties with the bloc’ as ‘a tragic illusion’ or ‘an attempt at deception’, when May suggested that issues with the Brexit deal can be remedied when these discussions take place.
Since May released the draft EU exit deal, her leadership has been thrown into crisis.
A number of ministers, Brexit ministers included, have handed over their resignations. And a coup may be on the way, with members from her own party looking to oust her.
May has received hefty criticism regarding her divorce deal, and on Sunday May used an interview to explain that her government would deliver on the Brexit vote. In her interview, she highlighted the agreement on the relationships she’s currently negotiating with the bloc for Britain’s future.
Boris Johnson tears into May’s Brexit deal
On Monday, Johnson wrote his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph, stating:
‘Of all the lies that are currently being peddled, the worst is that this agreement can somehow be remedied in the next stage of the talks…
‘I have heard it said that this is like a football match, in which we are one-nil down at half-time, but as the Prime Minister suggested in her interview … we can still pull it back and get the Brexit we want…
‘I am afraid this is either a tragic illusion or an attempt at deception … we are about to give the EU the right to veto our departure from the customs union. Why should they let us go?’
Johnson is one of the potential leading candidates to take over May’s tenure if she is ousted. He resigned in July this year, opposed to May’s Brexit plan.
Johnson has his own ideas
According to RAW, Johnson has his own ideas moving forward. He wants to rid the Northern Ireland backstop, which is an insurance policy to ensure that there is no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Johnson believes the backstop, which is one of the more sensitive topics concerning the Brexit deal, would allow Britain to remain stuck in ‘economic and political servitude’ to the EU.
Rather than a backstop, Johnson suggests that both sides could come to an agreement which would allow for ‘unobtrusive checks away from the frontier’.
The total divorce payment is set at STG39 billion ($AU68.7 billion) and Johnson wants Britain to withhold half of it until a better free trade deal is negotiated between the EU and UK, something more along the lines of a Canada-style deal. He is also not opposed to leaving without a deal, and believes a preparation like this should be fast tracked.
He added, ‘This needs to be treated as a challenge to be overcome, not as an inevitable disaster; because after the short-term logistical difficulties, the prospects for jobs and growth, and free-trade deals, would be very good indeed’.
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