Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng: 'Cabinet differences over Brexit are greatly exaggerated'

Boris Johnson was reportedly on the brink of resigning from the Cabinet

Boris Johnson and Theresa May have reportedly agreed a truce

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Cabinet's differences over Brexit have been greatly exaggerated in the media, according to Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng.

The MP for Spelthorne, parliamentary private secretary to Philip Hammond, spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer as the fallout from Boris Johnson's explosive Brexit article continues.

Reports today (September 20) suggest Johnson has backed down from resignation and agreed a truce with Theresa May. Nonetheless, rumours of a major rift in the Cabinet continue to percolate the mainstream media.

But Kwarteng said "The media exaggerate the differences. The Government is wholly signed up to the idea that we're going to be leaving."

Julia pointed out that Johnson wrote a lengthy and hugely influential article about Brexit without the Prime Minister's consent, but Kwarteng insisted the differences between ministers are only minor.

He also said that the reported dispute between Johnson and May is really just a sideshow, as hundreds of people are working on the "nuts and bolts" of Brexit behind closed doors.