Boris Johnson Says He Supports May But He Opposes Her Brexit Plan

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Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, has said that he supports Theresa May, the British Prime Minister. According to a report that was published in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, He said that his opposition was not to her but to her proposals for exiting the European Union.

After a week in which some reports surfaced of a plot by the fellow eurosceptic colleagues of Johnson to oust May, Johnson, was quoted as saying that he wanted her Chequers Brexit plan to be dropped, not her. Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed PM May.

He was quoted as saying: “It’s not about the leadership. It’s about the policy. It’s not about changing prime minister. It’s about chucking Chequers.” His remarks were quoted at an event that was in Washington D.C. in the United States.

Last July, Johnson stepped down as the foreign secretary after the Chequers proposal of May was revealed. The proposal was named after a country house where it was placed forward. It urged for the free trade of goods with the European Union, with the United Kingdom accepting a “common rulebook” that would be applicable to those goods.

The opponents of the plan, including Johnson, say that the proposal would leave the United Kingdom subject to decisions that are made in Brussels without any input.

Since the botched bet of May on a snap election in June 2017 lost her party its majority in parliament, she has encountered persistent discussions of a leadership challenge which has weakened her as she attempts to clinch a Brexit deal with the bloc.

The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on the 29th of March 2019. Both the European Union and Britain are hoping to strike a deal later this year so the parliaments on both sides can ratify it before Brexit.

On Friday, the Labour Party, Britain’s opposition party, created another headache for May when one of its senior lawmakers informed the Financial Times that the party would vote against any Brexit deal that she reaches. It predicted that the lack of a viable exit from the EU would force May out of office before Christmas.