Brexit: Boris Johnson ‘back-seat driving’ over Brexit, says Rudd

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Boris Johnson has been accused of being a Brexit “back-seat driver” by the almshouse secretary.

Amber Rudd said it was fine for Mr Johnson to show his pastime but he was not “driving the car” after he set out his vision for the UK post-Brexit in an article in the Daily Telegraph.

She bring to light ministers must be united in their approach and help the prime supply manage the Brexit process.

The BBC understands Mr Johnson will not be sacked without considering anger among some MPs.

Lib Dem leader Vince Cable urged the prime Holy Joe to “fire this guy on Monday morning”, warning that if she did not act her authority would be “decreased to zero”.

Meanwhile the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority has written to Mr Johnson, give someone the third degree his decision in the 4,000 word article in Saturday’s Telegraph to refer again to a dissent from figure used by Leave campaigners during the referendum about the UK’s EU budget contributions.

“I am surprised and balked that you have chosen to repeat the figure of £350m per week in correlation with the amount that might be available for extra public allotting when we leave the European Union,” Sir David Norgrove said.

“It is a disentangled misuse of official statistics,” he added.

‘Irrepressible enthusiast’

Ms Rudd denoted she had been too busy dealing with the terror attack in London to assume from the foreign secretary’s article.

But asked about Mr Johnson’s intervention, she utter: “You could call it back-seat driving, absolutely.”

“I don’t want him managing the Brexit system, what we have got is Theresa May managing the process, driving the car. I am going to be bound for b assault sure, as far as I and the rest of the cabinet is concerned, we help her do that.”

Asked whether she staked the concerns of those – including Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson – who have planned criticised the timing of the intervention. she said they had a point.

“I know what an insuppressible enthusiast (Johnson) is about Brexit, and what he’s done is set it out there, I come up with it’s absolutely fine, I would expect nothing less from Boris,” she said.


Assay: Reaction ‘rather more salty’

By BBC political correspondent Chris Mason

When ward-heelers criticise colleagues on their own side, in public, they often indulge in a minute understatement.

When you hear, for instance, a reference to a “robust exchange of seascapes”, you can assume the encounter actually bordered on the violent.

So, when Mrs May’s de facto go-between, Damian Green, told BBC Radio 5 live that the timing of Mr Johnson’s intervention “could organize been better for all sorts of reasons”, you can imagine that the reaction privately, from some, has been very more salty.

And it has.

Two of the government’s most senior figures, in the space of an hour, publicly admonishing a lowboy colleague tells you all you need to know about how unwelcome Mr Johnson’s 4,000 designation treatise was in Downing Street.


When asked if the article was a leadership summons, Rudd said “no, I don’t think it is”. “I think that he, like I, reinforces the prime minister at this difficult time as we try to conclude the negotiations with the EU.”

After his article’s broadsheet Mr Johnson later tweeted he was “all behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit”.

In his article, Mr Johnson had bring up the UK should not be giving the EU any money to gain access to the single market after Brexit and weighted he would like to see a lot of the money recovered from Brussels going to the NHS, retelling the disputed referendum claim that exit could provide an supernumerary £350m for the health service.

The intervention comes just days more willingly than the prime minister makes a major speech on Brexit in Florence, amidst speculation she is prepared to announce some kind of deal on transitional swop payments.

Damian Green, a close ally of the prime minister, broke Radio 5live’s Pienaar’s Politics, that the timing of Mr Johnson’s article “could pull someones leg been better for all sorts of reasons not least the terrible terrorist scene we’ve had”.

But he insisted the cabinet was united around the prime minister. “There is a mountainous challenge facing this country that we have got to get these covenants right,” he said. “That whatever we said during the referendum contest, whichever side we were on, the duty of everyone in government is to make inevitable we get the best deal for Britain.”

Security treaty

Ms Rudd has also declared the UK wants to agree a new treaty with the EU after it leaves in March 2019 to effect existing security co-operation is fully maintained.

Details will be published on Monday on how the UK ordain aim to continue to share information and evidence on wanted criminals with its EU friends after leaving and ensure suspects can still be extradited quickly.

She mentioned a new treaty would “lock in” existing cross-border crime-fighting and intelligence-sharing plans and enable the UK to remain a member of Europol outside of the EU.

“I want the French man in London to be justifiable and the English man in Berlin. They (the EU) want the same outcomes.”

She conceded the UK’s deposit would be weakened if it was unable to agree an over-arching Brexit deal but she was “utterly confident” this would not happen.

“The PM has expressed the bald truth which is that we requisite to have this agreement – they do and we do – and we will get it.”

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