Some MPs believe Boris Johnson can think himself lucky he had already resigned from the cabinet over his opposition to Theresa May’s Chequers deal on Brexit. They claim that even for the accident-prone former foreign secretary, who has been regularly causing offence with insensitive and offensive comments for nearly 20 years, his burka blunder was a gaffe too far.And this time, those MPs argue, the prime minister - now tired of his relentless disloyalty - might have done what critics who have no time for Mr Johnson believe she should have done a long time ago: sacked him.To be fair, speaking in Edinburgh, the PM was pretty firm in her support for her Tory chairman Brandon Lewis who earlier called on Mr Johnson to apologise for his "letter boxes" and "bank robbers" comments.Interviewed by Sky's James Matthews, the prime minister agreed that Mr Johnson's remarks were offensive and said people should have the right to practise their religion and women should be able to choose how … [Read more...] about Was burka blunder a gaffe too far for accident-prone Boris Johnson?
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Resigned Sir Alan Duncan (Foreign Office minister) In his resignation letter, Sir Alan Duncan, a minister in the Foreign Office, paid tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. He said she had an "unstinting sense of duty" and "faultless dignity". "I am only sorry that your three years as Prime Minister have been brought to an end," wrote Sir Alan. "You deserved better, but please take lasting comfort from the knowledge that your self-esteem can, and will forever, far exceed that of your critics." Duncan has criticised the conduct of Johnson, the favourite to become Britain's next prime minister, in recent weeks, particularly in the case involving leaked quotes from former ambassador to the US Kim Darroch. He said: "Boris Johnson has basically thrown our top ambassador under the bus. His disregard for Sir Kim Darroch and his refusal to back him was pretty contemptible and not in the interests of the country he is hoping to lead." Anne Milton (Skills and Apprenticeships minister) … [Read more...] about A list of resignations ahead of Boris Johnson becoming UK PM
News / UK and world by Press Association August 6, 2019, 12:04 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Downing Street has insisted the EU must “change its stance” to secure a Brexit deal, as officials in Brussels reportedly suggested Britain is focused on a no-deal exit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to hold fresh talks to negotiate a new agreement but a “rethink” is needed by the EU over the “current refusal” to make any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, Number 10 added. The warning came after reports emerged about a briefing to diplomats in Brussels following a meeting between Mr Johnson’s top Europe adviser David Frost and senior EU figures. Mr Frost was sent to Brussels to deliver the message that the UK will be leaving on October 31 “whatever the circumstances”. A no-deal Brexit appears to be the UK Government’s “central scenario”, according to a senior EU diplomat … [Read more...] about UK demands EU rethink amid claims UK focused on no-deal Brexit
News / UK and world by Press Association September 25, 2019, 9:10 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Boris Johnson has faced emotional appeals to curb his “violent” and “dangerous” language. Labour’s Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury) criticised Mr Johnson for his repeated use of “Surrender Act” when describing legislation designed to prevent ministers forcing through a no-deal Brexit on October 31. She warned against using such language and recalled murdered Labour MP Jo Cox before highlighting that many MPs are subject to death threats and abuse. But Mr Johnson labelled her remarks “humbug”, which prompted an angry response in the chamber – with shouts of “shame” emerging. Speaking in the Commons, Ms Sherriff said the Prime Minister had “continually used pejorative language to describe an Act of Parliament passed by this House”. She added: “We should not resort to … [Read more...] about Johnson urged by MPs to curb his ‘inflammatory’ language
Michael Gove today accused the EU of refusing to enter negotiations on a new Brexit deal. Following a meeting of the Government's Brexit "war cabinet", Mr Gove insisted the Government was ready to engage in renewed talks but Europe is insisting that Theresa May's deal is "the best possible deal" Britain was going to get." Irish premier Leo Varadkar insisted that the Withdrawal Agreement - including the Northern Ireland backstop - could not be re-opened. Mr Gove, who is in charge of the UK's Brexit preparations, said that the UK was quitting on October 31 "deal or no deal." The war of words escalated after reports from Brussels that EU officials concluded that Boris Johnson's new Government had no intention of negotiating and that its "central scenario" was a no-deal break on October 31. Mr Gove insisted the Government was ready to engage in talks in a "spirit of friendliness". However, he said the EU side had to accept a new approach was essential after Mrs … [Read more...] about Michael Gove: EU is refusing to negotiate new Brexit deal