Theresa May said ‘Boris is Boris’ over Brexit intervention and everyone’s thinking the same thing
Remind you of anything else?
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.
But for some, the phrase “Boris is Boris” sounded all too familiar.
"Boris is Boris" and "Brexit means Brexit". Yet more cutting edge insight and inspired leadership from our glorious PM. pic.twitter.com/F4EYS649iY— Maddie (@misformaddie) September 18, 2017
All UK has managed in a year is to go from "Brexit is Brexit" to "Boris is Boris".— Law and Policy (@davidallengreen) September 18, 2017
First she gave us 'Brexit means Brexit', now 'Boris is Boris.' What other existential nuggets has Maybot got to share?— Rachel Burns (@RachJBurns) September 18, 2017
'Brexit means Brexit'. 'Boris is Boris'. Somewhere Bitty McLean is terrified May will remake his song about when it's raining it's raining.— Tiernan Douieb Diernan Touieb Nanreit Beiuod (@TiernanDouieb) September 18, 2017
Brexit means Brexit. Boris is Boris. If all else fails, tautology will see us through. #BrexitShambles— Liam McMonagle (@lmcmonagle) September 18, 2017
Boris is Boris? Not a real answer, or an excuse!!— Kamahl Santamaria | Al Jazeera (@KamahlAJE) September 18, 2017
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.
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.