Boris Johnson: No.10 Customs Plan is “Crazy”
The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has embroiled himself in an other scandal as he declared that his own government’s customs union fudge was a “crazy plan”.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Boris laid out the position of the Brexiteers in the cabinet, undermining collective responsibility once again. His intervention has highlighted Theresa May’s weakness - the bumbling foreign secretary is apparently untouchable no matter what he said or does.
Speaking to the Mail, Johnson said:
“It's totally untried and would make it very, very difficult to do free trade deals,” he said. "If you have the new customs partnership, you have a crazy system whereby you end up collecting the tariffs on behalf of the EU at the UK frontier.”
"If the EU decides to impose punitive tariffs on something the UK wants to bring in cheaply there's nothing you can do.
"That's not taking back control of your trade policy, it's not taking back control of your laws, it's not taking back control of your borders and it's actually not taking back control of your money either, because tariffs would get paid centrally back to Brussels.”
He is believed to have been eyeing up trade deals while in America to try and salvage the Iran Deal. Johnson, a man who backed Brexit because he believed it would win, has been congratulated by fellow traveller from the 1890s Jacob Rees-Mogg, in a tweet where he said that “Boris has hit the nail on the head.”
But Greg Clark made the Remainers' position quite clear - anything other than the customs fudge will risk 1000s of jobs. Once again Theresa May is faced with a problem of her own making - the majority of Tories are pro-Brexit at any cost, while most MPs would prefer a closer Customs Union deal. Her position continues to be weak.