Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson 'warns of Brexit meltdown'

Boris Johnson 'warns of Brexit meltdown'

Johnson told party activists at a private dinner: "Imagine Trump doing Brexit".

Speaking at the Institute of Directors in London, Mr Johnson said the Brexit negotiations were approaching a "moment of truth" and said: "I'm not going to hide it from you".

Buzzfeed said Johnson was keynote speaker at Conservative Way Forward's summer reception in London, and a select group of 20 people had gone afterwards into a private room for dinner where the foreign secretary was "characteristically ebullient and loose-lipped" on the most pressing policy and political matters facing the United Kingdom government.

He said the United Kingdom could end up effectively "in the customs union and to a large extent still in the single market" unless the Government had the "guts" to pursue the right policies.

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.

Asked about the Trump comments, Howard said: "That is a thought I would prefer not to entertain".

"I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump".

"He'd go in bloody hard", Johnson said. There'd be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos.

In his latest indiscreet remarks likely to embarrass Prime Minister Theresa May, Johnson said the government was reaching a phase in negotiations "where we are much more combative with Brussels".

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'Everyone would think he'd gone mad. "It's a very, very good thought", he said.

'They don't want any disruption of the economy.

The Foreign Office did not immediately comment on the recordings.

However, speaking in Berlin Mr Hammond said: "My experience has been that a collaborative approach is generally more productive than a confrontational approach and my advice to colleagues is to engage with European partners".

The former Conservative leader Michael Howard has defended Boris Johnson after he was recorded accusing the Treasury of being "the heart of remain" intent on sacrificing the long-term gains of Brexit.

"Finding a mutually beneficial outcome is the only way forward".

Michael Howard, a former Conservative Party leader, described the comments as part of the "spills and thrills" of the European Union withdrawal negotiations.

'Of course we've got to help the Americans do this thing, ' he said. "I don't know about a meltdown".

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