Boris Destroys Fragile Cabinet Truce in Incendiary Leaked Remarks
The Foreign Secretary was secretly recored at the Thatcherite ‘Conservative Way Forward’ think tank even arguing that Donald Trump could do a better job at negotiating Brexit than Theresa May.
"The fight at the moment, I won’t hide it from you, the inner struggle, is very, very difficult. The Treasury, which is basically the heart of Remain, has seized the risk - what they don’t want is friction at the borders. They don’t want any disruption. So they’re sacrificing all the medium and long-term gains amid fear of short-term disruption. Do you see what I’m saying?
"And that fear of short term disruption has become so huge in people’s minds that they’re turning them all wet. Project Fear is really working on them. They’re terrified of this nonsense. It’s all mumbo jumbo."
Johnson then added: "I’m not going to hide it from you, there is an argument going on."
The foreign secretary said he was "increasingly admiring of Donald Trump" and remarked: "Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard… There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It’s a very, very good thought.”
"You’ve got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. Okay?”
"I don’t want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It’s going to be all right in the end.”
The comments are unlikely to allay fears that the government’s Brexit plans are in shambles after the EU said it would reject any move to alter the ‘backstop arrangement’ agreed between Theresa May and Irish and EU negotiators.