Boris Johnson Calls Theresa May’s Chequers Plan “Deranged” And “Preposterous”
Johnson says the key distinction between him and May is that Unlike the Prime Minister, he "campaigned for Brexit.”

Former Foreign Secretary has branded the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan “deranged,” and “preposterous” in his first newspaper interview since quitting the office in July.

During an interview with the Sunday Times, Boris Johnson said the idea that “we could ask customs officers in Dubrovnik and Santander to charge British-only tariffs is deranged, and nobody thinks it can work.”

He added that Theresa May’s proposal that the UK and the European Union should collect each other’s tariffs was “entirely preposterous”.

Johnson then highlighted a key distinction between himself and the PM, saying “Unlike the Prime Minister, I campaigned for Brexit.”

“Unlike the prime minister, I fought for this, I believe in it, I think it’s the right thing for our country and I think that what is happening now is, alas, not what people were promised in 2016,” he told the newspaper.

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Johnson claimed the PM has politically mismanaged the debate about the Irish border in Brexit negotiations and that the UK should build a bridge to Ireland and put the HS2 rail line on hold to focus on a high-speed link in the north of England.

He said May never believed in the backstop, and failed to implement a border plan of her own.

“I remember going in to see the PM and her advisers and being absolutely reassured that this was just a form of words that was necessary to float the negotiations off the rocks,” Johnson said.

May used her own Sunday Times interview to argue that it was a “matter of trust in politicians” that the government delivers on the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

The PM said: “We’re the party that always puts country first and puts the national interest first. And that’s what I want us to be doing.” added. “The only proposal on the table at the moment that delivers that is the Chequers plan.”

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