The ardent Remainer and brother of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson used an explosive newspaper interview to stage his first public intervention since his dramatic resignation. The MP for Orpington argued Mrs May was attempting to conceal the true perils of leaving the EU from the electorate. Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the lesser known Johnson brother said: “This is a calculated deceit on the British people.
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“I challenge the Government to come clean on the cost of Brexit.
“The reason they can’t look us in the eye, it’s because they know this will leave us worse off and with less control.
“It’s a gross abuse of civil service impartiality.”
But Downing Street has dismissed Mr Johnson’s claim, with a source saying: “We have made a prior commitment that the House would be provided with appropriate analysis ahead of the meaningful vote.”
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Adamant Mrs May’s plan offers nothing but Brexit in name, the pro-Remain Tory added: “It’s clearly not Brexit.
“The Government has boxed itself in by trying to codge together this weird fake Brexit in the hope of committing people to somehow delivering on the referendum result.
“It keeps repeating that phrase and it’s obviously a nonsense.
“It’s misleading to present it as delivering on the referendum result.
“Brexit was meant to be about taking back control, we are ceding control; it was meant to be about trade deals, we are not going to have any meaningful trade deals; it was meant to be about having a turbo-charged tiger economy on the edge of Europe, we are going to be bound by the common rule book that we won’t have a hand in shaping.”
In another key development Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, fired a warning shot on Monday by saying Cabinet could block a bad deal.
She said: “The important thing is there are two checks on this deal, there’s Cabinet and there’s Parliament.”
Unusually, no agenda for Tuesday’s weekly Cabinet meeting was issued to senior ministers before the weekend, suggesting Mrs May was aiming for a breakthrough in time to present a plan for approval.
Theresa May’s chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins was also hoping to come up with a decisive breakthrough in talks this week in a bid to iron out key sticking points.
Meanwhile, the Opposition is still in disarray about how best to approach the Brexit process, with Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer making it clear the departure from the EU can be “stopped”.
Sir Keir said he would not rule out the possibility of a second Brexit vote, despite his boss Mr Corbyn insisting this was not an option.