Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Can Theresa May banish bumbling Brexiteer Boris Johnson?

Flag and a European Union flag fly near the Elizabeth Tower housing the Big Ben bell during the anti Brexit 'People's March for Europe', in Parliament Square in central London Can Theresa May banish bumbling Brexiteer Boris Johnson?
Saul Franklin | 21 September, 2017, 00:18

His article was widely regarded as a warning shot to the prime minister over a potential leadership challenge as she prepares to deliver her crunch Brexit speech.

Reports suggest Johnson and Brexit-backing ministers have been squared off over her plans to offer the European Union some form of payment to break the deadlock in negotiations.

Many grassroots Tories support Mr Johnson's calls for a hard Brexit, with no cash payment for single market access and billions extra spent on the NHS.

Johnson told reporters in NY that he would not be resigning, saying: "We are working together, that is the key thing, to make sure that Britain can take advantage of the opportunities of Brexit".

It came after the Daily Telegraph claimed he might quit his role depending on what Mrs May says in her upcoming Brexit speech - scheduled for Friday in Florence.

Asked if May thought Johnson would remain in the Cabinet beyond the weekend, the PM's spokesman told reporters in New York: "Yes".

It is understood that May's speech will avoid discussing the finer details of a future UK-EU relationship, which would leave the door open for either of the options reportedly favoured by different members of the cabinet.

Asked if she would find time to meet Mr Johnson while they are both in NY this week, Mrs May said: "I will be seeing Boris at various stages during our time here, but of course we have got very busy programmes".

Apple acknowledges cellular connectivity problem in new watch
A cellular-based Series 3 Apple Watch will be freeing; no more bulky smartphone in my pocket. Gruber ultimately found the device useful and did not experience connectivity problems.

Spain moves to expel N. Korean ambassador
If a North Korean missile were to threaten USA or Japanese territory, he said, "that would elicit a different response from us". Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters Monday that one military option wouldn't put Seoul at grave risk.

Britain's Boris Johnson Accused Of Brexit 'Backseat Driving'
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said there was discord in the party at a time when "poise, goal and unity are called for". Ms Rudd, however, said she did not think Mr Johnson was laying the groundwork to challenge Prime Minister May.

Over the weekend, Johnson penned a 4,200-word essay for The Telegraph that was widely viewed as his personal manifesto-the British term for a political platform-for the future of the United Kingdom after Brexit.

It comes amid reports of Cabinet infighting over Britain's divorce from the EU.

In the wake of Boris Johnson's article, "the approach of senior ministers to the Brexit negotiations appears to lack co-ordination", pointed out Lord Hague.

"I think you might be barking up the wrong tree".

But asked whether Mr Johnson should be dismissed, the Prime Minister said: "Boris is doing good work as Foreign Secretary".

The former chancellor told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "in any normal circumstances" Mr Johnson would have been "sacked the day after" his article.

The Johnson affair, has drawn flak from some Cabinet colleagues with one accusing the foreign secretary of an unhelpful move that placed "personal ambition ahead before the interests of the country".

Meanwhile pro-EU MP Ken Clarke insisted Mrs May should sack Mr Johnson for challenging her authority.

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