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‘You’re not the driver!’ Boris Johnson is slapped down by Amber Rudd over Brexit video demanding the Prime Minister get on with the job

  • Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson recorded a message for Change Britain
  • The group is formed by leading backers of the Vote Leave campaign 
  • Home Secretary reminded Boris it’s the PM who pushes forward Brexit

Cabinet tensions over Brexit resurfaced yesterday after Boris Johnson publicly backed a new pressure group demanding the Prime Minister get on with the job.

Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson recorded a message for Change Britain – formed by leading backers of the Vote Leave campaign said to favour a ‘hard Brexit’.

In the video, Mr Johnson said: ‘Brexit means Brexit and that means delivering on their instructions and restoring UK control over our laws, borders, money and trade.’

Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson recorded a message for Change Britain ¿ formed by leading backers of the Vote Leave campaign said to favour a ¿hard Brexit¿


It earned him a reminder from Home Secretary Amber Rudd that ‘Boris is not the driver. Theresa May is the driver’.

Change Britain is backed by top Brexiteers including Michael Gove, ex-Chancellor Nigel Lawson and David Cameron’s former adviser Steve Hilton. The aim is to ensure that Mrs May does not negotiate a form of ‘Brexit-lite’.

Boris Johnson in campaign appeal ‘Help us Change Britain’

Amber Rudd, home secretary, reminded Boris that the prime minster was 'driving' Brexit forward, not him
Amber Rudd, home secretary, reminded Boris that the prime minster was ‘driving’ Brexit forward, not him

Labour MP Gisela Stuart, who will chair the group, said the Brexit vote ‘forced us to acknowledge that people in large sections of the UK have lost faith in political parties and the Westminster elite’.

Ex-Culture Secretary and leading Brexiteer John Whittingdale said Mrs May must trigger the start of Britain’s formal withdrawal from the EU within weeks.

She says she will not trigger Article 50, which gives Brussels two years’ notice of our intention to leave, until 2017.

Mr Whittingdale said: ‘We do need to get the formal process under way. I don’t say that it has to happen tomorrow but I would like it to happen pretty soon, and by that I mean weeks, not months.’

Number Ten has slapped down all three senior Cabinet ministers in charge of Brexit in recent days.

Mrs May junked plans for Mr Johnson’s favoured Australian-style points system to control immigration.

Brexit Secretary David Davis was rebuked for saying it was ‘very improbable’ that the UK would stay in the single market. And International Trade Secretary Liam Fox was in hot water for saying British business chiefs preferred golf to work.

Last night, Number Ten insiders insisted Mr Johnson had pre-warned them about his video message.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3784591/Boris-Johnson-slapped-Brexit-video.html

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