Boris Johnson calls for tax cuts for ‘dynamic’ post-Brexit Britain

Geraldine Edwards
September 11, 2018

Former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is calling for the government to follow President Donald Trump's lead and reduce taxes rather than raise them.

In the Mail on Sunday, Mr Johnson continued: "In a weird semi-masochistic way we have created the means by which the European Union can bully us".

We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500lb gorilla."In the most contentious passage, Johnson castigated the so-called backstop plan to ensure no hard Irish border, which would see Northern Ireland effectively remain part of the single market if no other workable solution is found.Johnson wrote: "We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail".

Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, tweeted: 'A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand.

Johnson, who resigned as the British foreign secretary following a spat with May over the deal, attacked her plan in harshest terms in remarks written for the Daily Mail.

The centre-right newspaper said that Johnson's remarks "will do little to dampen speculation that he is preparing to make his pitch to take over as Conservative leader".

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"Some need to grow up".

Mr Johnson, a strong supporter of Brexit, quit Ms May's government in July after rejecting her proposal for close economic ties with the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves next year.

Another foreign office minister Alistair Burt said that the analogy was "outrageous, inappropriate and hurtful".

While the incendiary comments attracted criticism from other Tories, DUP MP Sammy Wilson said last night he wished Mr Johnson had spoken out sooner.

And Tory Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen said the way Mr Johnson "says it how he sees it and speaks truth unto power" was "something that endears him to a huge swathe of the British public".

Mr Grieve said that language used by Mr Johnson in the Mail on Sunday article was "entirely in character: crude but, for some, entertaining populist polemic".

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"I think that we just need to be very focused on actually moving forward with the Chequers plan", Brokenshire said.

In 2004, Johnson was accused of having a years-long affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.

There were also further allegations over the weekend that a dossier about Johnson's colourful personal life created by a member of Theresa May's 2016 leadership campaign team had recently been circulating in Westminster.

"I think that's reflected in the way we're being pushed around in the negotiations; we are the sixth biggest economy in the world, we are third or fourth biggest defence budget in the world, we are a world player, we've got the biggest soft power projection with the English language and our broadcast media in the world, and I think we've handled these negotiations particularly badly".

It also warned that the "necessity to call on military assistance is a real possibility" in the weeks after UK's departure from the EU.

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