May Lets Johnson Off the Hook (Again) Over Criticism of Brexit Plan

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Foreign secretary Boris Johnson warned there could be a Brexit meltdown but it will be "all right in the end" and said that U.S. President Trump would take a tougher stance were he leading the talks, according to BuzzFeed.

According to Yahoo News, the Minister's private conversation surfaced on social media Friday, with Prime Minister Theresa May saying her senior aide has very "strong views on Brexit" as the nation heads to the negotiating table.

During his speech, Johnson touched upon everything from Brexit to Russian Federation and the upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to Buzzfeed. There'd be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. "Everyone would think he'd gone mad", said the Foreign Minister. But actually you might get somewhere. "It's a very good thought".

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He attacked the UK Treasury (finance ministry) as being "the heart of Remain", describing as "nonsense" and "mumbo jumbo" its fears of "friction at the borders" and "short-term disruption".

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"Trump to negotiate Brexit would be a fantastic idea", he said, causing the audience to erupt in laughter.

Asked about Mr Johnson's claim that officials in the Treasury were working against the long-term gains of Brexit, Lord Howard said: "If there are people in the Treasury who are doing that then they shouldn't be doing that, and I deplore that".

There is a real danger that Britain may sign an agreement that leaves it "locked in orbit around the EU, in the customs union and to a large extent still in the single market", Johnson said. "You've got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK?"

The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon told the BBC that Mr Johnson was not fit for office, and Labour's Jess Philips abandoned parliamentary language, appealing to Theresa May to 'F***ing sack him!'

In his remarks, Johnson said that he was confident that there would be a Brexit, but expressed fear about what it would look like.

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'I don't want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic.

On Thursday Mrs May was forced to agree to a cut-off date of December 2021 for any interim arrangements after Brexit Secretary David Davis threatened to resign over the wording of the UK's proposed "backstop" plan for trade with the EU.

The UK is set to leave the European Union in March 2019.

The government has since published a plan imposing a time limit on a proposal whereby the United Kingdom would temporarily match European Union tariffs, in the face of Brexiteer fears that such an arrangement might continue indefinitely.

'What is important in the end is that they all unite behind the agreed the Government position - particularly at the points where it absolutely matters which is when the Prime Minister is going into negotiations.

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