Boris Johnson Condemns Theresa May’s Chequers Plan As A “Cheat” That Keeps UK “Manacled” To EU

Boris Johnson has launched a broader attack on the prime minister’s policies on Brexit, condemning her Brexit deal as a “cheat” that would keep the UK manacled to the Brussels.

During the third day of Conservative conference in Birmingham, the Former Foreign Secretary said Theresa May’s “outrageous” Chequers plan would see the country “effectively paraded in manacles down the Rue de la Loi like Caractacus”.

In speech in front of nearly 1,500 Tory members at the party’s annual conference, Johnson laid out his vision for the country, saying what May’s Chequers proposals show is that the UK, “for all its power and might and network of influences around the world, for all its venerable parliamentary history, was ultimately unable to take back control.”

“And instead of reasserting our ability to make our own laws, the UK will be effectively paraded in manacles down the Rue de la Loi like Caractacus.” He added.

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Johnson continued: “We will be unable to make our own laws – to vary our regulatory framework for goods, agrifoods and much much more besides. This is politically humiliating for a £2 trillion economy.”

“If we get this right, it can be win-win for both sides of the Channel. If we get it wrong – if we bottle Brexit now – believe me, the people of this country will find it hard to forgive…” he added.

He drew huge applause from participants, calling “chuck Chequers” after he said “If we cheat the electorate – and Chequers is a cheat – we will escalate the sense of mistrust. 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.”

During his 25-minute speech, the ex-cabinet minister Johnson said he was asking “one last time” for the Government to switch back to the “original plan” that May set out at Lancaster House, warning that her Brexit deal would embolden those who are campaigning for a second referendum and was a “recipe for further acrimony”.

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