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May Lets Johnson Off the Hook (Again) Over Criticism of Brexit Plan

09 June 2018

"It's so small and there are so few firms that actually use that border regularly, it's just beyond belief that we're allowing the tail to wag the dog in this way".

'You've got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. "It's a very, very good thought", Johnson said, half-jokingly suggesting to outsource the matter to Trump.

The foreign secretary said he was "increasingly admiring" of the divisive President, praising his unorthodox negotiating style. But Mr Johnson's outburst shows the extent of the deep divisions within the upper echelons of the Tory party.

Addressing Conservative activists this week, Johnson said the government was reaching a phase in negotiations "where we are much more combative with Brussels".

Quizzed by broadcasters on her arrival in La Malbaie, she said: "Boris has strong views on Brexit, but so do I". "It's going to be all right in the end". No panic. Pro bono public, no bloody panic.

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Staying on Brexit, Johnson said he would be willing to accept staying close to the European Union after the official leaving date of March 2019, but would not change his stance on the final terms of the future relationship.

The Americans want Britain to "use our nuclear expertise to dismantle Kim Jong Un's nuclear missile - that's what [U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo] asked me to do today".

Friends of Mr Johnson said it was disappointing that the private dinner had been covertly recorded but senior Conservative Sarah Wollaston said dressing up the comments "under the cover of a "private" discussions won't wash".

The recording, which captures Johnson freewheeling through a rage of topics, includes comments on Putin, the G7, Russian Federation and North Korea.

He stressed that he was not rejecting the United Kingdom prime minister's ideas - but said any "backstop" to prevent a hard Irish border could not be time-limited.

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A Number 10 spokesperson insisted that the Prime Minister has "full confidence" in Mr Johnson, although Downing Street stopped short of responding directly to the comments he made at the event.

Mrs May's draft proposal was set to continue no longer than December 2021 - a year after the transition period, which ends on December 2020.

On Thursday Mrs May was forced to agree to a cut-off date of December 2021 for any interim arrangements after Brexit Secretary David Davis threatened to resign over the wording of the UK's proposed "backstop" plan for trade with the EU.

It comes as the PM's latest Brexit proposals received a frosty reception in Brussels, Michel Barnier raising objections to her plan for a time-limited customs backstop covering the whole UK.

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May Lets Johnson Off the Hook (Again) Over Criticism of Brexit Plan