'Boris Johnson's Brexit vision is no different from the Government's plan', says MP Crispin Blunt

'Boris Johnson's Brexit vision is no different from the Government's plan', says MP Crispin Blunt

Boris Johnson has been accused of undermining Theresa May

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Boris Johnson's vision for Brexit is not at all different from the Government's official position, according to Tory MP Crispin Blunt.

After it was claimed that Boris Johnson was undermining Theresa May by publishing an article with his own vision for Brexit, the Prime Minister gave a speech at the Conservative Party Conference which was overshadowed by her coughing, the set falling down and a prankster coming on stage.

Blunt, the Conservative MP for Reigate, told Sam Delaney: "If you look at the details of exactly what Boris has been saying I don’t think it differs an iota from the Government's position."

He says the Government position is "in the end we are going to leave the single market and the customs union" but there's "no reason why that shouldn’t be part of a short-term two-year transition arrangement."

But he admitted there "are disagreements [between the UK Government] right at the margin about how long a transition period would be and, sitting underneath that issue, about how much money the UK should be paying in."

Blunt also said that there isn't "any market to replace [May] and I don’t think yesterday changed anything" apart from "she seemed more human like [and that] probably hasn’t done any harm."

He added "we’re four and a half years from a general election and that speech will have been well forgotten by then.

"If she gets Brexit done successfully there’s frankly no reason why [the post-Brexit Tory leader] shouldn’t be Theresa May".

Listen to the full interview above

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