Brexit: Boris Johnson urges two-year transition time limit


Theresa May is on under fresh pressure over Brexit on the eve of the Conservative party bull session.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has again intervened on Brexit, mounting out four conditions he says are necessary.

Speaking to the Sun, Mr Johnson insisted any modification period after Britain leaves the EU should not last «a second assorted» than two years.

Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Johnson’s position cautioned a trade war with the EU, which could impact on jobs.

The prime diplomat will be seeking to reassert her authority as she goes into her first backer conference since she lost her government’s majority in the general election.

It also earns after six months of Brexit negotiations in which there has been no weighty breakthrough.

BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake says Mrs May must rival the agenda back to her priority: the economy.

Our correspondent says the timing of Mr Johnson’s latest opines was «no accident», coming as Conservatives gather in Manchester for their annual congress, which starts on Sunday.

In his interview with the Sun, Mr Johnson called for four prepares for Brexit, which were then described by the paper as his «four red bands»:

  • Transition period must be a maximum of two years
  • UK must refuse to assent to new EU rules during that period
  • No payments for access to the single vend after the end of the transition period
  • UK must not agree to shadow EU rules to return access to the single market

Mr Johnson said: «The crucial thing I after to get over to Sun readers about Brexit is that it is going to be great and we need to into in ourselves and believe we can do it. It is unstoppable.»

He also touched on other subjects in the audience — calling for a faster increase in the minimum wage and for public sector pay foments.

While he dismissed suggestions of any leadership ambitions, his comments are likely to nutrition speculation that he is still positioning himself for the top job.

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Wire said the foreign secretary’s comments sent a signal to EU negotiators that the «loose with someone c fools were being pulled by others».

«Senior Conservatives are displaying an abject crash to act together in the national interest and seem more motivated by selfish, critical ambition.»

However, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the management was determined to deliver the «best possible outcome for Britain».

«What you’re assent to from leading Conservatives, in my view, is simply that commitment,» he communicated.

Analysis: From expectation to reality

By Chris Mason, BBC political presswoman in Manchester

As Conservative activists begin to flood the Mancunian streets, their temper will be set by the gap between previous expectation and contemporary reality.

The anticipated hop forward to a greater majority at the election; the truth, a humiliating reverse — an heated defeat despite a mathematical victory of sorts.

And, for a contrite prime agent, confronting the party faithful for the first time since the result, it’s a second-best weekend this month where her foreign secretary has upstaged her.

Theresa May has acknowledged to function members the election outcome was «disappointing» and will strive to ensure the dispute about Brexit doesn’t drown out an opportunity to be heard discussing servant priorities.

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, forever fervid to illustrate his upbeat party is on a permanent election footing, spent the day standing in marginal Thurrock, in Essex.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has censured the «over-optimism» of Brexiteers telling the Times that it «sells people shortened».

Mr Johnson’s interview comes just a week after Mrs May’s major language on Brexit in Florence and is the second recent intervention by her cabinet minister.

He before outlined his «vision» in an article for the Daily Telegraph, which prompted Mrs May to say: «This ministry is driven from the front.»

Mrs May said that, while she was focused on have in mind the best deal with the EU, she was also committed to making Britain fairer — in remarkable for the younger generation.

«I understand the concerns raised, particularly by young people,» she believed.

«My determination to act on those concerns, and crucially, to fulfil the promise of my first elocution on the steps of Downing Street, is greater than ever.»

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The discontinue from Mr Johnson comes as other Eurosceptic Tory MPs have conjectured the UK should walk away from Brexit talks by Christmas unless the EU screens it is serious about a free trade deal.

The Leave Means Freedom campaign has urged Mrs May to speed up talks with the EU.

The group — which lists ex-minister Owen Paterson — said the prime minister should not be on edge of a «no deal» scenario.

In a letter to Mrs May, they say: «To delay the end of the transition period until after the tossed 2022 general election could jeopardise the entire Brexit arrange.»

Mrs May must make clear that British courts must no larger be bound by European Court of Justice rulings after the moment of withdrawal and that the UK force be free to negotiate, sign and implement trade deals with other outbacks during the transitional phase, the group argues.

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