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May backs Boris to stay in her Cabinet

By Andrew Woodcock

Theresa May is expecting Boris Johnson to remain in her Cabinet, Downing Street said as it emerged that the Foreign Secretary will attend the Prime Minister's crunch Brexit speech on Friday.

The comment came after Mr Johnson dismissed reports that he might be on the verge of quitting and denied the Cabinet is split over Brexit, insisting: "We are a nest of singing birds."

Mrs May has called a special meeting of Cabinet at Number 10 tomorrow to discuss her major speech in Italy the following day, which a Downing Street source said would be "a significant moment" in the Brexit process.

A separate source later confirmed that Mr Johnson would attend Mrs May's Florence address.

Challenged over calls for Mr Johnson to face the sack, she said: "Boris is doing good work as Foreign Secretary. He has been doing that here at the United Nations."

Speculation has been rife that Mr Johnson may resign or be sacked after an explosive article setting out his personal blueprint for Brexit overshadowed the run-up to the Florence address.

The essay sparked reports that the Cabinet is split over what kind of deal should be struck in order to access the single market.

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