The tension must have reached breaking point as May and Boris prepare for a face off over Brexit on 19th December. There is hysteria on twitter, as outraged Brexit voters overreact suspecting a May stitchup.
Because Boris is in government, he is bound by collective responsibility, so cannot let off steam in the media. But the only fighting that counts is the hard fighting in the government, and even though outnumbered by May, Hammond, Rudd and Davis, a wishy washy major disappointment, Boris’s battle has been unrelenting in protecting what we voted for.
John Redwood clarified the situation in his tweet below. All is not yet lost, but Brexit is hanging in the balance.
Boris and Gove have restated that the red lines we all fought for re. Brexit cannot be moved. It is clear that, buoyed up by her Brexit betrayal that was greeted ecstatically by the EU, May is planning to present regulatory alignment as unavoidable to Boris. She has conceded to the EU all along the line so far and this is just the next step. But it isn’t decided yet.
Ian Duncan Smith said, we won’t be able to do trade deal with regulatory alignment, it’s a trap.
This has all been stage managed by May hoping Boris will be distracted by his negotiations with Iran and the MSM is in full flood showering trolls on twitter to misrepresent the #Nazanin situation.
Michael Gove has said that the British people will be given the right to reject the Brexit deal in the next election, if they strongly disapprove of any more climb downs by May. May has handled the negotiations in a weak kneed and placatory manner. Boris would have taken a far tougher line. We would be out by now, and no divorce bill.
If, after the showdown Boris (and Gove) resigns in outrage, it will be hard justice.