The former Foreign Secretary used his weekly newspaper column to stage a dramatic Brexit intervention amid his brother’s bombshell resignation last week. Mr Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “The so-called Chequers proposals are in truth very far from dead. “The essence of the idea – that the UK should remain in the customs union and the single market for goods and agri-food – is what the backstop entails.”
The old Etonian asserted “you can be absolutely sure” Chequers will remain instrumental to the deal the Prime Minister hopes to strike with the Brussels bloc.
Concurring with his brother, who quit the Government on Friday, Mr Johnson said: “As Jo Johnson rightly points out, the current approach is the worst of both worlds.”
He added: “As my brother Joseph rightly said when he resigned last week, we are already looking at the biggest failure of UK statecraft since Suez.
“And it seems that the Prime Minister would like to go one better.
“She has recommended to the Cabinet not only that we agree to stay in the customs union under the so-called ‘backstop’ arrangement, but that we actually abdicate the power to leave that backstop.”
Mr Johnson described the current approach as “shameful”, adding: “I want you to savour the full horror of this capitulation.”
Boris Johnson’s brother, Jo Johnson, resigned from his role as Transport Minister, describing Theresa May’s Brexit proposals as a “con” on the British people and calling for a new Brexit referendum.
Writing in a lengthy article, the MP for Orpington argued: “The democratic thing to do is give the public the final say.”
He also warned: “Britain stands on the brink of the greatest crisis since the Second World War.”
The sibling of Boris Johnson – himself a Remainer – described the Prime Minister’s negotiations as a “failure of British statecraft on a scale unseen since the Suez crisis”.
His unexpected resignation was seen as a substantial blow to Mrs May, despite no other ministerial walkouts, as she desperately attempts to secure an agreement both domestically and abroad this week.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – whom the Prime Minister relies upon to prop up her Government in a so-called “Confidence and Supply” deal – has also ramped up their rhetoric, with threats to vote down any deal that compromises the integrity of the Irish border.
The DUP leader Arlene Foster reacted with outrage to suggestions Mrs May would allow the dismantling of the UK.
Ms Foster has previously described the union between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK as her party’s “guiding star”.
Railing against the UK’s rumoured break-up, she said: “No unionist would be able to support that.
“In other words, Northern Ireland will have a different regulatory system from the rest of the United Kingdom, and essentially there’s going to be a border down the Irish sea.”
Source : EXPRESS