Today, Boris Johnson, urged Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, to push back against the “bullies” from the European Union after the collapse of Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the bloc.
Johnson is a former foreign secretary. He claimed that the negotiations are in the “moment of crisis.” He warned that the Prime Minister must “stand up to bullies” as he applies pressure to the beleaguered leader.
Writing in his column in the Telegraph, Johnson stated: “There comes a point when you have to stand up to bullies.”
He added: “After more than two years of being ruthlessly pushed around by the EU, it is time for the UK to resist.”
He said that the United Kingdom had chosen to go along with the timetable of the European Union for discussions “with painful politeness.” He also claimed that Britain has “nothing to show” for the £39bn so-called Brexit divorce bill and the commitment to protect the rights of the EU nationals who are living in the UK.
Johnson continued: “We are now entering the moment of crisis. Matters cannot go on as they are.”
The warning of the Brexiteer comes after the Brexit talks were not able to reach an agreement during a hectic series of meetings that were held in Brussels last night and at the beginning of a critical week for May.
This week, the Prime Minister is set to face a showdown over her Chequers plan after negotiations were stalled yesterday, with an EU summit scheduled take place this coming Wednesday.
Downing Street said that there are “several big issues still to resolve,” which included the Northern Ireland backstop, where the United Kingdom could remain inside the customs union until a border resolution is agreed upon.
Some ministers are planning to revolt over how “temporary” the backstop could determine to be. Reportedly, some cabinet members are considering their positions.
Yesterday, David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, called on the Cabinet to reject Chequers. He claimed that a Canada-style free trade deal with the European Union is “clearly within our grasp.”