'Not too late to save Brexit': ex-foreign secretary Johnson


"It is not too late to save Brexit", former British foreign minister Boris Johnson said during his resignation speech in the Commons on Wednesday.

The latest squabbling over Brexit has renewed speculation about a possible leadership challenge for May, who has had a particularly rough few weeks with high-profile resignations, knife-edge votes in the House of Commons, and criticism of her Brexit plans from both those who want to remain in the European Union and those who want to leave. "We have time in these negotiations, we have changed tack once and we can do so again", he told the House of Commons as his supporters crowded the nearby benches to show support.

The problem is not that we have failed to make the case for a free-trade agreement of the kind spelt out at Lancaster House.

He was quoted by the Telegraph as saying: "Theresa May has got a lot of great qualities - I am not sure if it is the right leader at the right time".

Mr Johnson quit Mrs May's Cabinet on Monday last week, declaring that the plans for the UK's post-Brexit relations with Europe which she set out at Chequers would leave Britain a "colony".

Johnson, who led the main Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum, resigned this month over May's strategy, triggering the government's biggest crisis since she lost her parliamentary majority after calling a snap election past year.

Johnson didn't attack May directly - he noted her "courage and resilience".

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Johnson said that since then, Britain had "dithered" and "burned through negotiating capital" and allowed the Northern Irish border issue "to become so politically charged as to dominate the debate".

"We should not and need not be stampeded by anyone", Johnson said. That turned out go mark the beginning of the end of Britains first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

In her reply, Mrs May told him: "I do not agree with your characterisation of the policy we agreed on at Cabinet on Friday".

The speech was praised by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and hardline Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group.

Mr. Johnsons partisans know that recent polling shows that Britons dont believe that Mrs. May's proposal is the customs arrangement.

Labour's David Lammy said: "Boris Johnson's after-dinner speaking fee must have plummeted faster than the pound after that dreary, self-important resignation speech".

West Streeting, a Labour MP who supports the campaign for a second referendum, said the speech was "a total damp squib".