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Theresa May said ‘Boris is Boris’ over Brexit intervention and everyone’s thinking the same thing

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Things have certainly been interesting for Theresa May since Boris Johnson’s 4,000-word essay outlining a personal vision for Brexit was published.

When asked whether she was frustrated by the Foreign Secretary’s actions, May told reporters travelling with her on a visit to Canada: “Boris is Boris.

“I’m clear that what the Government is doing and what the Cabinet is doing is that we … base our negotiations on the principles set out at Lancaster House.”

Her remark is being seen as a slapdown for Johnson, who was accused by Home Secretary Amber Rudd of trying to act as a “backseat driver” by releasing his essay days before the PM delivers a crucial speech on Brexit in Italy.

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Boris Johnson and Theresa May

But for some, the phrase “Boris is Boris” sounded all too familiar.

Following reports that she will say Britain is ready to pay as much as £10 billion a year to the EU during a transition period, Johnson made clear in his Daily Telegraph article that he believes no payments should be made after Brexit.

May, however, did not rally to Johnson’s defence in his row with the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, who has accused him of a “clear misuse” of official figures in his claim that Brexit will give the UK control of £350 million a week, much of which could be spent on the NHS.

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Boris Johnson

She made clear that the decision on whether any money freed up by Brexit should go into the NHS had not yet been made and was not one for Mr Johnson alone to decide.

In his article, Johnson insisted the UK should not have to pay for access to EU markets “any more than they would expect to pay for access to ours”.

A source close to the Foreign Secretary later said he did accept the “payments of our dues” during any transition period which follows Brexit but not after that.

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