Boris Johnson has dismissed Theresa May’s Brexit plans as a “victory” for the EU that would leave the UK with “diddly squat”.
In his £250,000 per year column in the Daily Telegraph to dismantle the government’s plans to withdraw the UK from the European Union but keep a “common rulebook” with the continent to trade goods and ease friction at the border.
Brexit fanatics such as Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg have complained the plan would keep the UK tied to EU rules for many years and prevent Britain from creating its own bespoke deals. However, neither campaigner has offered a solution to the question of the Irish border after Brexit, and Rees-Mogg has gone as far as suggesting that people crossing the border should be ‘inspected‘, reminding many of the armed border crossings during the Troubles.
Johnson eventually resigned as Foreign Secretary over the Chequers deal in July, but only after first signing in support of the plan.
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says he is “strongly opposed” to parts of the plan, which would put the UK’s trade with the EU in goods under separate rules to trade in services.
Meanwhile, pressure is building for a “People’s Vote” on the deal agreed between UK and EU negotiators. A cross-party group of supports from politics and industry have signed up in support of the plan, which would give the British public a final say over whether the UK should crash out of the EU without a deal, leave the EU under the terms agreed by May’s government, or to stay a full member of the EU.
Continued disagreements within her own party has resulted on public confidence in May achieving a good deal for the UK in Brexit negotiations to plunge to a record low of 22%.
The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March.