Theresa May on why Boris Johnson speech made her cross

Philip Hammond has joined David Davis on a two-day'charm offensive in Germany

The Conservative Party Chairman said that he disagreed with Boris Johnson's latest criticism of the Chequers deal, reaffirming that it is "the right deal for the UK".

He also criticised Jacob Rees-Mogg for pledging financial security in Britain after Brexit at the same time as opening an investment fund in Ireland to transfer his money over.

She has insisted that her strategy is the only option for the country and that rejecting it would cause Britain to leave the European Union without a deal on the future relationship, something some business leaders fear would cause chaos.

Mixing breezy jokes with biting one-liners that always stopped short of attacking May herself, the former foreign minister called her strategy "dangerous and unstable".

But while Johnson may be holding his fire on the leadership for now, he gave both barrels to May's Brexit plan and set out his vision for the Conservative Party - one that returned to its traditional values of low taxes and a strong police.

Mr Hammond mocked his former Cabinet colleague by mimicking his style of speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, in which he predicted that Johnson will never become PM.

In August, he was criticized for comparing Muslim women who wear face-covering veils to "letter boxes", and last month he compared May's Brexit plan to a "suicide vest".

"He wanted to tear up our guarantee to the people of Northern Ireland".

The problem for Johnson "is that he is becoming a politician who is incredibly well created to win the votes of paid-up members of the Conservative Party and is poorly positioned to win votes of anybody else", agrees the New Statesman's Bush.

May who recently said the naughtiest thing she'd ever done as a child was run through a wheat field against the wishes of a farmer.

A no-deal Brexit could harm the UK’s economy according to the IMF
A no-deal Brexit could harm the UK’s economy according to the IMF

Ian Livermore, 65, from south Gloucestershire said the speech was "superb" and showed why Johnson should be leader.

Brussels has also attacked the Chequers plan, with European Commission President Donald Tusk saying "it won't work" and French President Emmanuel Macron dismissing the proposal as "not acceptable".

"We need to have a deal".

And he pointedly contrasted his record as the figurehead of the Leave campaign with that of the Remain-backing Mrs May, saying: "Unlike the Prime Minister, I fought for this".

In a nod to voters who are exhausted of stagnating wages and spending cuts, May said that from next year the government would end the austerity policies introduced after the 2008 global financial crisis and put more money into public services.

Asked on BBC1's Breakfast what her relationship with Mr Johnson was like, she laughed and said: "Well, I'm sure that's going to be a very lively event this evening".

But he added: "I believe that when the Prime Minister lands this deal and brings it back, there will actually be a boost to the economy, as businesses start making those investments that they've deferred over the a year ago or so, consumers start spending on big-ticket items as they feel more confident knowing where we are going in the future". May to respond to Mr. Johnson challenge in her speech on Wednesday.

"What it says is, if a conflict situation, armed conflict obviously, appears to be arising, the Northern Ireland people themselves will have a referendum", he said.

"This is a plan which ensures we deliver on the vote of the British people".

Mr Johnson said Chequers would leave the United Kingdom "locked in the tractor beam of Brussels", and warned that the only winners from a Chequers-style Brexit would be the far-right and far-left in British politics.

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