Ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to scrap her Chequers proposal and instead negotiate for a “Super Canada” free trade deal.
In an article for the Telegraph today, Johnson wrote there had been a “collective failure of government, and a collapse of will by the British establishment, to deliver on the mandate of the people”.
He said the Chequers proposals represented “the intellectual error of believing we can be half-in, half-out” of the EU.
Johnson, called for a “SuperCanada-type free trade agreement” and cast the EU’s backstop proposals for Northern Ireland amounted to the economic annexation of part of the United Kingdom.
“This is an opportunity for the UK to become more dynamic and more successful, and we should not be shy of saying that – and we should recognize that it is exactly this potential our EU partners seek to constrain,” Johnson further wrote.