Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Boris Johnson accused of 'backseat driving' over Brexit blueprint

Boris Johnson accused of 'backseat driving' over Brexit blueprint

He wrote that the referendum was "decisive" and said Britain must leave the EU's customs union and single market, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and impose controls on borders.

A week before Prime Minister Theresa May sets out her vision for Brexit in a speech in the Italian city of Florence, Johnson, the foreign secretary, published a newspaper article that roamed well beyond his ministerial brief.

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Mr Green insisted Mrs May was the "driver" in the negotiations.

Johnson said Brexit is Britain's chance to catch the wave of new technology, and to put the country in the lead as a "tech powerhouse" as one of four big tech investment areas of the world.

"Both the United Kingdom and the EU would benefit from ensuring that no operational gaps are created" by Brexit, the statement from the Department for Exiting the European Union in London said.

Boris Johnson last night fired the first shots in what is thought to be a bid to position himself as the next Conservative Party leader.

"This country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily, " he said, dismissing any suggestion that Brexit will be reversed.

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Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, this morning she clarified: 'What I meant by that is I don't want him managing the Brexit process'.

Ongoing membership of the European single market would make a "complete mockery" of the EU referendum result, Boris Johnson has said.

"All behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit", he added.

Sir Craig Oliver, former director of communications at Downing Street for David Cameron, said even if the genuine intention was to support the Prime Minister, it was obvious it would be seen in Westminster as a "direct challenge".

In his article in Saturday's Telegraph, Mr Johnson argues it would be a "fine thing" for money clawed back from Brussels to be directed to the health service "once we have settled our accounts".

Johnson's article is a public attempt to shape May's thinking a week before she speaks in Florence, Italy, amid speculation she will update her approach to the divorce by seeking a post-Brexit transitional period.

The fourth round of Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union is scheduled to start on Sept 25.

"It would be very nice if we could get a clear message on where the British are" on their financial obligations with the EU, Danish Finance Minister Anders Samuelsen said in an interview in Copenhagen on Friday.

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