Theresa May slaps down Boris Johnson: ‘Government is being driven from the front’
Theresa May has insisted her government is being “driven from the front”, as she slapped down Boris Johnson for his extraordinary intervention on Brexit.
The Foreign Secretary also sparked a fresh row by repeating the Vote Leave claim that Brexit will save the UK around £350m a week, the bulk of which could be given to the NHS.
That led to Sir David Norgrove, head of the UK's statistics watchdog, to accuse him of a "clear misuse" of official statistics.
Mr Johnson's dramatic intervention came just days before the Prime Minister is set to make a major speech on Brexit in Florence.
A Downing Street spokeswoman this morning insisted that Mrs May had "full confidence" in her Foreign Secretary.
Asked about the extraordinary row as she flew to Canada for talks with Justin Trudeau, Mrs May told reporters: "This Government is driven from the front and we are all going to the same destination because we are all agreed."
She added: “Look, Boris is Boris. I am clear that what the Government is doing, and what the Cabinet is agreed on, is that what we base our future negotiations on, as we have done, are the principles laid out at Lancaster House.”
Yesterday, Amber Rudd said the Foreign Secretary’s latest intervention on Brexit was badly timed and amounted to “backseat driving”.
Michael Gove, however, gave his backing to the comments, tweeting that people should “look at what Boris actually wrote in his Telegraph article - not headlines”.