Boris savages May at Conference but stops short of demanding resignation
The former Foreign Secretary claimed the Prime Minister was pursuing a "dangerous" path through Cheques, but refused to call for Theresa May to stand aside.
“If we get it wrong, if we bottle Brexit now, believe me, the people of this country will find it hard to forgive,” he told attendees, who had to queue for three hours to hear the backbench MP. “If we get it wrong, if we proceed with this undemocratic solution, if we remain half in, half out, we will protract this toxic tedious business that is frankly so offputting to sensible middle-of-the-road people who want us to get on with their priorities.”
“This is not pragmatic, it is not a compromise. It is dangerous and unstable – politically and economically,” he said. “This is not democracy. This is not what we voted for. This is an outrage. This is not taking back control: this is forfeiting control"
Despite this, he said that Tory members and MPs should continue to support the PM, but try and change her mind towards a harder form of Brexit.
“I urge our friends in government to deliver what the people voted for, to back Theresa May in the best way possible, by softly, quietly, and sensibly backing her original plan.” he said.
His incendiary statements are likely to put more pressure on May to rule out any sort of arrangement with the European Union which could keep the Irish border friction-less, despite the fact that the Irish government has said it would veto any such proposals.
Labour's Jenny Chapman said that the Prime Minister should instead back Labour's plans to remain within a customs union with the EU as the only vable alternative.
“I urge our friends in government to deliver what the people voted for, to back Theresa May in the best way possible, by softly, quietly, and sensibly backing her original plan.” she said.