Boris Johnson has begun a political smear campaign against Theresa May, aimed at her Chequers proposal amid the PM trying to bolster her position and image after heavy criticism of her policies over the last year, just as the Conservative Party Conference begins.
Johnson has claimed Theresa Mays proposal is “deranged” and “preposterous”. The former foreign secretary’s remarks came as the prime minister set out plans to ensure measures are taken to crack down on foreigners buying homes and proposals for a nationwide festival in 2022 – the year of the next scheduled general election.
“Unlike the prime minister, I fought for this, I believe in it, I think it’s the right thing for our country and I think that what is happening now is, alas, not what people were promised in 2016.”
It is likely Boris Johnson too, trying to bolster his reputation amongst the public and among MP’s calling the idea of a facilitated customs union ‘preposterous’. Due to the timing of his outbursts as well as drawing comparisons between himself and the prime minister, trying to imply Theresa May is neither fit or suitable to negotiate in Brexit, when she didn’t even vote for it.
Mr Johnson has spoken with The Sunday Times, putting forth his own ideas to develop the UK’s infrastructure, focusing on building a bridge to Ireland at the expense of putting the HS2 rail line, a source of great controversy, on hold to instead build high-links in the north of England.
“I think we need to make the case for markets. I don’t think we should caper insincerely on socialist territory. You can’t beat (Jeremy) Corbyn by becoming Corbyn.”
Ms May too did an interview with The Sunday Time in which she set out that under her plans, people and businesses who avoid paying tax in Britain will face a surcharge of between 1 per cent and 3 per cent when they buy property, the money raised through these measures will go on to tackle rough sleeping, hinting she is confident she will remain PM at nleast until the next General Election in 2022.
“There’s a long-term job to do.” May added: “It’s not just about Brexit, it’s about the domestic agenda as well. I think we’re at a very important and historic moment for the UK. There are real opportunities for the UK outside the European Union.”
May has also set out plans to make a festival for post-Brexit Britain, claiming: “We want to showcase what makes our country great today. We want to capture that spirit for a new generation, celebrate our nation’s diversity and talent, and mark this moment of national renewal with a once-in-a-generation celebration.”
Are you looking forward to this celebration?