By Eric King
Boris Johnson has branded Theresa May’s Brexit strategy a ‘dying dream’ suffocated by needless self-doubt”, as he resigned from the British government.
In his letter resignation letter, Johnson said the prime minister was leading the UK into a “semi-Brexit” with the “status of a colony”.
“This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary,” a short statement from Downing Street read. His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work.” Brexit should be about opportunity and hope, and a chance to do things differently, but that dream is dying, suffocated by needless doubt”, he said.
Johnson believes the ideal blueprint for Brexit has been hugely compromised, with crucial decisions postponed, including preparations for a “no deal” scenario, “with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system”.
“It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws,” he says.
“In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony – and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.”
He said he had congratulated the PM on Friday on getting the cabinet to sign up to her proposals at their Chequers away day, admitting that there were too few ministers on his side of the argument to get their way.
The government now had a “song to sing” on Brexit, he added: “The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat”.
Johnson’s departure in addition to that of Brexit Secretary David Davis appears to highlight a crisis for Theresa May’s government, but one her government will have to rise above. The most important issue is whether the direction in which talks are going with the EU will leave Britain worse off than if they go in the direction Johnson and Davis believe is best for the Uk. Theresa May in the meantime has vowed to fight any attempts to oust her, as she promised that the Uk will return to Sovereignty post Brexit.