Boris Johnson has “strong views on Brexit … but so do I”, Theresa May has insisted, after resisting calls for the sacking of the foreign secretary in the wake of an explosive leaked recording. In a private speech to the Conservative Way Forward group, Johnson is heard dismissing the cautious approach of Philip Hammond’s Treasury, which he said had focused on “mumbo jumbo” predictions about short-term disruption, instead of the potential gains from leaving the EU. He also portrayed the Treasury as “the heart of remain”. May, who was in the air en route to the G7 summit in Canada when the foreign secretary’s words were leaked, was questioned about Johnson’s comments upon landing in Quebec. “These are complex negotiations. Boris has strong views on Brexit but so do I,” she told Channel 4 News. “I want to deliver for the British people, that’s exactly what we are doing as a government and if you look at the process of these negotiations – nobody ever said it was going to be easy.” Hammond hit back on Friday, saying he favoured a collaborative rather than confrontational approach. “My experience has been that … a collaborative approach … is generally more productive… Read full this story
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