Boris Johnson continues renegade campaign to undermine Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Boris Johnson continues renegade campaign to undermine Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Boris Johnson continues renegade campaign to undermine Theresa May’s Brexit plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May will seek to rally her badly divided party behind her on Wednesday as key Brexit deadlines loom, but faces intense opposition to her plans for trade and the Irish border.

A Tory MP has filed a letter of no confidence against his leader, Theresa May, in a shocking blow to her leadership minutes before her Conservative Party conference speech on Brexit.

Mr Thomson, the MP for Aberdeen South, lashed out at his MP colleagues as Tories loyal to Prime Minister Theresa May stepped up their attacks on former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

But he warned: 'If we cheat the electorate - and Chequers is a cheat - we will escalate the sense of mistrust.

"We must show everyone in this country that we are that party".

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'We will give credence to those who cry betrayal, and I am afraid we will make it more likely that the ultimate beneficiary of the Chequers deal will be the far-right in the form of Ukip, and therefore the far-left in the form of Jeremy Corbyn'.

The reports quoted party sources as saying they feared having Mr Johnson in Downing Street would damage the party's recent revival in Scotland.

In what may be seen as a swipe at Mrs May's focus on righting "burning injustices" in society, he will urge the party not to "ape Corbyn" but to "take basic conservative ideas and fit them to the problems of today".

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May's public battle with Johnson comes only two weeks before she must return to Brussels in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock and reach a deal.

"He's too volatile", said Alison Jolley, a party member from just outside Birmingham who cheered loudly for Mr. Johnson during his speech and laughed uproariously at his jokes.

The room erupted into cheers when he said Ms May needed "to chuck Chequers", as her Brexit proposals are known.

Ms. May has been under growing pressure from party members to scrap her strategy, which calls for the United Kingdom to essentially remain within part of the European Union's single market for trade in goods when the country leaves the EU in March.

His fellow Scottish Conservative MP, Ross Thomson, was among those to greet Mr Johnson at the event.

"Surely to goodness we can take this Tony Benn tribute act and wallop it for six", he said, referring to the late Labour socialist cabinet minister.

Ian Livermore, 65, from south Gloucestershire said the speech was "superb" and showed why Johnson should be leader.

Duddridge then cemented himself firmly as a backer of Boris Johnson in an interview with Sky News, describing Johnson's Tuesday speech as "inspirational". "No, because I think we probably can't have the self-indulgence of a leadership challenge".

"It was a great speech, he was optimistic, he talked about Conservative values, and he talked about the opportunities if we do Brexit properly", Richard Tice, co-chairman of campaign group Leave means Leave, said after Johnson's speech.

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