Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Theresa May Hinted she Might get Rid of Boris Johnson

Theresa May Hinted she Might get Rid of Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister raised the prospect of a major revamp of her top team over the weekend, as she tries to reassert her authority after the Tory conference horrorshow. The Sunday Times said it asked May about her plans for Johnson, who has professed loyalty but is accused by some of the prime minister's allies of undermining her by putting forward his own vision for Britain's exit from the European Union.

"It has never been my style to hide from a challenge and I'm not going to start now", it quoted Ms May as replying, in what it called a signal that she was prepared to bring in new ministers to her cabinet and axe those who had caused her problems.

A second MP suggested that May should, in fact, promote him to deputy prime minister so they could play "good cop-bad cop", although acknowledged it wouldn't happen under her cautious leadership.

May faced fresh calls to quit following a chaotic speech at the conference that she nearly failed to finish after a prolonged coughing fit.

Another minister said: 'Brexit is absolutely crucial to democracy in this country now.

Removing May now would throw Brexit negotiations into disarray. 'He'd just say no - what is she going to do about it?' the ally told the Telegraph.

The Foreign Secretary said the speech was a "great statement" and declared: "What matters is the end state and our freedom to do things differently and better".

With negotiations to resume on Monday in Brussels and investors rattled by the never-ending Westminster soap opera, May is moving to restore order.

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'I never discuss whether reshuffles are or are not taking place, ' he said.

Senior Tories from Home Secretary Amber Rudd to Environment Secretary Michael Gove have rallied behind her in recent days.

Ruth Davidson said there had been some "unfortunate shenanigans" in the party "but the pushback has been pretty strong" against those trying to force a leadership contest. May told reporters in her constituency in Maidenhead, west of London.

Questions have been asked about the security arrangements which allowed comedian Lee Nelson - real name Simon Brodkin - to carry out the P45 stunt, but Mrs May said she trusted her police protection officers "completely" - although there would "be a review into the events of the day".

Conservatives remain anxious after May led them into a failed election campaign earlier this year.

He went on: "We are a united Cabinet; as one behind the Prime Minister".

"Rumour is always destabilising but let me assure you the Cabinet is not divided, we are behind the Prime Minister", he told Sky News. "It is clear that we need to have a reboot and that means it is time to move on".

'Whoever they are they do not speak for me'.

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