‘Tory civil war': Boris Johnson denies quit claims over EU migration
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Added 07-31-17 06:37:02am EST - “Boris Johnson has dismissed claims he is on the verge of quitting as foreign secretary and accused the Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable of “peddling lies” about him.” - Rt.com
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The spat comes as Johnson and Trade Secretary Liam Fox have withheld their support for Chancellor Philip Hammond’s plans for a post-Brexit three-year transition period for migrant workers. Cable has said the party infighting amounts to a “civil war.”
Hammond, supported by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, wants to avoid a “cliff edge” after Brexit, meaning that any changes would be implemented gradually. Brexiteers, however, fear that they were not properly consulted on statements about a transition deal made while the chancellor was “minding the shop” as Prime Minister Theresa May is away on holiday.
Fox has distanced himself from comments made by Hammond, who said there is “broad agreement” among ministers that the Brexit transition could last three years.
“If there have been discussions on that I have not been party to them. I have not been involved in any discussions on that,” Fox told the Sunday Times.
In a press release, Cable said Fox’s comments, which “directly contradict the chancellor over a transitional agreement on Brexit,” show “all the signs of a cabinet in a state of civil war.”
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