In a sign of the worsening internal situation within the Tory Party, Boris Johnson, former Foreign Secretary, has launched a vitriolic attack on Theresa May and the government tonight.
“The reason we are not leaving on Friday is not the fault of MPs. We are not leaving this Friday because the government has chickened out.”
May has consistently blamed MPs and Parliament for the deadlock as it continually refuses to back her deal. Johnson, however, is having none of it:
“We have blinked. We have baulked. We have bottled it completely.”
He described the EU’s extension of Article 50 and its conditional agreement to May 22nd as further humiliation for Britain.
Meanwhile, May has been holding crisis talks at Chequers. It is unclear if a new ‘Meaningful Vote’ will be allowed by Speaker John Bercow tomorrow as he has previously said a new motion would have to be substantially different to the previous one to be allowed. If a vote is put and lost however, there will be a series of ‘indicative votes’ on options ranging from a complete revocation of Article 50 to exiting the EU with no deal.