Theresa May denies cabinet rift as she dodges Boris Johnson issue

Lester Mason
October 1, 2017

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Saturday insisted that any transition period after Britain leaves the European Union (EU) should not last "a second more" than two years.

"Boris is absolutely behind the Florence speech and the line that we have taken". What Boris is saying is the importance of the approach we have taken in the Florence speech.

Mr Johnson's comments came ahead of the Conservative party conference which is due to start on Sunday.

In a pointed intervention, Mr Green called on ministers to make their policy pitches in private.

Only if enough progress has been made in these key areas would negotiators be able to move on to issues the United Kingdom has expressed a particular interest in, such as trade ties with the bloc.

European Union officials have been complaining that the British side has been weaseling out of its obligations and failing to address the three key points raised in previous Brexit talks: European Union citizen rights, Northern Ireland's border and a divorce bill.

Asked repeatedly if she would like to apologise for calling the General Election, Mrs May said she did not regret giving people a choice, but conceded her party's message had been wrong.

He said it would ultimately be the Tory parliamentary party that decided whether Mrs May should go.

"If she keeps him inside, he will continue to disrupt, if she puts him outside, he will disrupt", he told the BBC's Sunday Politics.

But May added that her main focus was on getting the best deal for the UK.


Lord Heseltine said the PM was too "weak" to sack the foreign secretary.

May had called the election in bid to boost her majority, but actually lost seats, leaving her dependent on a small Northern Irish party to stay in government.

A report in the Telegraph says she will pledge GBP10 billion to help first time home buyers, along with a freeze on tuition fees.

The "liberal youth" (15.7%) are mostly younger people in middle-level non-graduate jobs and tend to think of themselves as working class.

Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke said he believed Mrs May can lead the Tories into the next election. Very strongly. What that teaches me is that really is it, ' he said.

'They think the whole Cabinet is tainted by the Election, ' one Tory MP has said.

'Am I impatient about it, do I want to get it done as fast as possible? "He is a big figure".

May also said that her cabinet, including Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, is supporting her strategy to leave the bloc. For the British people trapped in the back, this is a terrifying prospect.

"She had people at Number 10 who were making decisions where people like ourselves were sidelined", he told Sky News.

Furthermore, he said that Labour would create an opt-in system for organ donation and he said that he would make firms audit their gender pay gap and could issue fines if a company doesn't comply.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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