Boris Johnson wants maximum two-year Brexit transition

Mindy Sparks
October 1, 2017

Yes, absolutely. Do I want the delay to go on longer than two years?

She also echoed David Norgrove, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, who said Mr Johnson's repeated claim that £350 million a week could be spent on the NHS after Brexit was a "clear misuse of official statistics".

Mr Johnson has enjoyed a resurgence in support after releasing a Brexit blueprint in a move that was viewed to have boxed in the Prime Minister ahead of her speech in Florence. "Not a second more", Johnson was quoted as saying in the tabloid newspaper.

The atmosphere of the gathering will be in stark contrast to last year's event, where the Prime Minister held an iron grip on the party and chose to make two speeches from the platform.

During that speech, Mrs May announced a two-year transition period when the United Kingdom leaves in 2019.

The Scottish Tory leader told The Times newspaper she believes "over-optimism" about the the future of Britain outside the European Union "sells people short".

Mr Johnson said: "The crucial thing I want to get over to Sun readers about Brexit is that it is going to be great and we need to believe in ourselves and believe we can do it".

She said: "I think optimism, positivity is good".

The moves came as a letter to the Prime Minister from senior pro-Brexit Tory MPs and business figures in the Leave Means Leave group said the United Kingdom should threaten no deal with Brussels.

At the Conservative party conference in Manchester, May will set out plans to build "a road to a better future" for Britain, hoping to head off a rebellion over her handling of Brexit and her poor showing in the June election.

"I have fought eight campaigns in under six years, six elections and two referendums - I'll fight a campaign under any circumstances, with any voting system against any main opponent that you like", she says in a rat-a-tat combination.

"As Conservatives, we have a vision of a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few - precisely the direction I set when I became Prime Minister past year".

'This... needs serious people to do a lot of legwork and scanning the detail to make sure we do get to a place where it will all be ok'.

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