Boris Johnson slammed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers plan and told a packed audience to “chuck Chequers”. His speech at the Conservative conference today was met with a rapturous applause.
"This is the moment to chuck Chequers"
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 2, 2018
The former British foreign secretary and May’s most powerful critic branded Chequers plan to leave the EU a “cheat” and called on the party to return to its traditional values, including tax cuts and stricter law and order.
Boris had quit May’s Cabinet in protest over her Chequers plan.
Johnson also warned party members that if they stuck by Chequers they could be signing up to the party’s electoral death. But he was quick to add he would stick by May, if not her plan, at least for now.
“Do not believe them when they say there is no other plan and no alternative,” Johnson told the Conservatives, adding: “Do not believe that we can somehow get it wrong now, bodge it now and fix it later.”
“This is the moment to chuck Chequers,” he said.
“If we cheat the electorate, and Chequers is a cheat, we will escalate that sense of mistrust.”