'Fed up' Boris Johnson denies he'd cling to cabinet role

PM May stays in charge as challenge to premiership collapses

Johnson's clarification has being backed by Crispin Blunt, who told Sky News today that the foreign secretary had supported May in his conference speech and now in the WhatsApp message: "He's declaring his loyalty, as he did in his speech, and he's declaring it privately". "We have just had an election and people are fed up with this malarkey", newspapers quoted Johnson as saying in a message to Conservative lawmakers. I do not know if they are really my friends and allies or if they represent some sinister band of imposters.

'I heartily disagree with the sense, tone and spirit of what they are quoted as saying.

She said: "I think Philip Hammond has been deliberately trying to make the Brexit negotiations hard, stall them, obfuscate the issues".

On Mrs May's internal party critics, Mrs Bradley suggested there are "less than 10% of the parliamentary party potentially, maybe, possibly looking for her to move on".

Asked what she might do with him, Mrs May told the Sunday Times: "It has never been my style to hide from a challenge and I'm not going to start now".

Prime Minister Theresa May has faced repeated calls from Tory MPs to sack Mr Johnson after he set out his own "red lines" on the Brexit negotiations in defiance of Government policy.

"The Treasury seems unable to hear any voices except those that reinforce their preconceptions".

She told ITV's Peston on Sunday: 'If I were the Prime Minister, the person I would be demoting or certainly sacking would be Philip Hammond.




She said: "I think it is embarrassing".

The two parties should decide on the three major topics, regarding the cost of Brexit, the rights of the European Union citizens, residing in the United Kingdom, and the issues concerning Northern Ireland and Ireland, after which they will proceed with the second stage of negotiations, devoted to the terms of Brexit. We want to be upbeat and we just don't think he's helping.

All the cabinet big beasts were there to support the prime minister as she made her first Commons statement since her darkest hour in Manchester last Wednesday.

"Above all, the people of this country want us to get on and deliver Brexit - and we need Theresa to do it".

Former prime minister John Major said he was increasingly dismayed by the plotting in the party by those driven by their own personal agenda.

Clarke recently insisted that Boris Johnson would have been sacked by now if the Tories had a majority instead of a minority government propped up by the DUP.

According to Newton Dunn, the only reason May would sack Johnson is "if it becomes a choice basically of her or him" but eventually she'll have to "get off the fence and choose" to go with Johnson's view of Brexit or that propounded by his emerging rival, Philip Hammond.

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