Stanley Johnson: 'The Chequers proposal united my family'

Stanley Johnson

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The father of Tory leadership hopeful Boris Johnson has revealed his family was brought together by the Prime Minister's controversial Chequers plan.

Stanley Johnson, a keen remainer, said it was the divisive proposal that "united both sides" of the Johnson family, which includes journalist Rachel Johnson and Conservative politician, Jo Johnson.

"As a remainer I accept that the country voted and I accept we need a deal," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"It united both sides of my family, the so-called Chequers proposal."

The divisive proposal, which was released in 2018, set out the UK's future relationship with the EU, and sparked the resignation of a number of politicians, including Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson appeared on the breakfast show to discuss his son Boris' ambitions to become the next Conservative leader, which he publicly announced last week.

"The crucial thing is that this deal is no good, and the real need now is to have in place a team and a leader of the team who will go back to Brussels and say 'Sorry, we cannot have this deal'," he said.

"What other candidates are there out there who have had two terms as Mayor of London and demonstrated huge election-winning capacity?".

And Mr Johnson isn't the only person backing Boris in the leadership contest.

This morning, European Research Group chair Jacob Rees-Mogg revealed to talkRADIO that he would be backing the former foreign secretary as leader.

“I am not going to stand but I will be supporting Boris Johnson," he said.

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