Boris Johnson resigns, says Brexit ‘suffocated by needless self-doubt’

10 July 2018

Boris Johnson resigns, says Brexit ‘suffocated by needless self-doubt’

Boris Johnson resigned from his post as British Foreign Secretary on Monday (local time), citing differences of opinion with the May Government over its Brexit plan as the reason.

In a letter to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, Mr Johnson said the Brexit strategy being developed is not what the British people were promised, and accused the May Government of postponing “crucial decisions” and waving “white flags” of surrender in negotiations with the EU.

Mr Johnson wrote that the British people “were told that they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate the sums of UK cash currently spent by the EU, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.”

The former Foreign Secretary said “Brexit should be about opportunity and hope”, allowing Britain to be “more nimble and dynamic” and “maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.”

“That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt,” he added.

In response to Mr Johnson’s scathing letter, Ms May said she was surprised by the decision.

“I am sorry — and a little surprised — to receive [the letter] after the productive discussions we had at Chequers on Friday, and the comprehensive and detailed proposal which we agreed as a cabinet,” Ms May wrote in a letter.

“If you are not able to provide the support we need to secure this deal in the interests of the United Kingdom, it is right you should step down.”

Speaking to the British Parliament, Prime Minister May thanked Mr Johnson for his service and welcomed his replacement, long-serving health minister Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Johnson’s resignation came just hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis stepped down over Ms May’s handling of the UK’s European Union exit.

Rumours of a plot to unseat the Prime Minister have been circulating, but Ms May’s spokesman said she would fight any leadership challenge.