Johnson blasts May's 'deranged' Brexit plan

By David Mercer, news reporter
Boris Johnson has launched a blistering attack on Theresa May's Brexit plan ahead of the Tory conference, calling the proposal "deranged" and "preposterous".
In his latest outburst, the former foreign secretary questioned whether the prime minister believes in Brexit as he rejected her Chequers strategy for leaving the European Union."Unlike the prime minister, I campaigned for Brexit," he told the Sunday Times."Unlike the prime minister, I fought for this, I believe in it, I think it's the right thing for our country and I think that what is happening now is, alas, not what people were promised in 2016."

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Mr Johnson said Mrs May's proposal that Britain and the EU should collect each other's tariffs was "entirely preposterous"."The idea that we could ask customs officers in Dubrovnik and Santander to charge British-only tariffs is deranged, and nobody thinks it can work," he added.Mr Johnson's remarks are the latest in a series of interventions on Brexit, including an interview with Sky News, that have fuelled speculation he is preparing to challenge Mrs May's leadership.

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In her own Sunday Times interview, Mrs May said it was a "matter of trust in politicians" that the government deliver on the UK's decision to leave the EU.She said: "We're the party that always puts country first and puts the national interest first. And that's what I want us to be doing."The only proposal on the table at the moment that delivers that is the Chequers plan."
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