Boris Johnson denies he is preparing to quit the Cabinet over Brexit

Posted On: 
19th September 2017

Boris Johnson has denied he is preparing to quit the Government amid reports that he could resign before the weekend.

Boris Johnson and Theresa May
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The Foreign Secretary insisted the Cabinet was "a nest of singing birds" despite deep splits over the Prime Minister's approach to Brexit.

Mr Johnson sparked controversy by writing a 4,000-word article for the Daily Telegraph reviving his claim that leaving the EU will save Britain around £350m a week, most of which could go the NHS.

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That led to an extraordinary row with the head of the UK statistics watchdog, who accused him of a "clear misuse" of official statistics.

Theresa May - who is set to deliver a major Brexit speech in Florence on Friday - was eventually forced to slap Mr Johnson down, insisting her government was being "driven from the front"  after Home Secretary Amber Rudd accused her Cabinet colleague of "backseat driving".

Asked by reporters in New York, where is he attending the UN General Assembly, whether he would resign if Mrs May's speech did not endorse his approach, he replied: "No."

He added: "We are working together, that is the key thing, to make sure that Britain can take advantage of the opportunities of Brexit."

But an article in the Daily Telegraph this afternoon claimed Mr Johnson has told friends he will quit before the weekend if he is unhappy with the Prime Minister's approach.

A source close to the Tory bigwig told PoliticsHome that was "nonsense".