Boris Johnson attacks Theresa May’s Chequers plan saying it will lead ‘a victory for the EU’

Boris Johnson attacks Theresa May’s Chequers plan saying it will lead ‘a victory for the EU’

Monday, September 3, 2018

Boris Johnson attacked the Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy saying that it can only lead to victory for the European Union.

The former Foreign Secretary compared the EU withdrawal negotiations between Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and the EU negotiator Michel Barnier to a rigged wrestling match.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said: “Out of their corners come Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier, shrugging their shoulders and beating their chests - and I just hope you aren't one of those trusting souls who still thinks it could really go either way.

"The fix is in. The whole thing is about as pre-ordained as a bout between Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy; and in this case, I am afraid, the inevitable outcome is a victory for the EU, with the UK lying flat on the canvas and 12 stars circling symbolically over our semi-conscious head."

He said that the real "scandal" was "not that we have failed, but that we have not even tried" on Brexit.

This comes as Mrs May faces growing opposition on Tory benches to the Chequers Cabinet compromise on the Brexit strategy which triggered the resignation of Mr Johnson.


‘Two-thirds of diddly squat’

With Parliament returning from recess on Tuesday, the Prime Minister is expected to face a coordinated effort from Tory hardline Brexiteers to abandon her exit agenda.

After Mr Barnier stated he "strongly opposed" the Chequers proposals because such "cherry-picking" would mean the end of the European project if enacted, Mr Johnson said Britain faced getting "two thirds of diddly squat" for its divorce bill.

Mr Johnson said: "They may puff about 'cherry-picking' the single market. There may be some confected groaning and twanging of leotards when it comes to the discussion on free movement. But the reality is that in this negotiation the EU has so far taken every important trick.

"The UK has agreed to hand over £40 billion of taxpayers' money for two thirds of diddly squat.

"We will remain in the EU taxi; but this time locked in the boot, with absolutely no say on the destination. We won't have taken back control - we will have lost control."