Johnson disowns attacks by ‘friends’ on prime minister
Boris Johnson has urged his “socalled friends and allies” to stop briefing newspapers against Theresa May, saying he does not know who the people are, and insisting they do not speak on his behalf.
The foreign secretary’s intervention, in a message to a WhatsApp group of Conservative MPs, follows an article in the Telegraph in which unnamed backers of Johnson said he might refuse to move if May tries to demote him in a reshuffle. One supposed ally told the paper that moving Johnson would go down “like a bucket of cold sick” with pro-Brexit voters.
But in his message Johnson said he did not support such briefings. “Folks I have seen yet more stuff in the Telegraph and the Sun purporting to come from so-called friends and allies of mine,” the message reportedly read. It added he was “frankly fed up to the back teeth with all this” and did not know if the comments came from allies or “some sinister band of imposters”.
It follows a Tory party conference before which Johnson wrote a 4,000-word Brexit manifesto for the Telegraph and told the Sun any transition period for Brexit should not last “a second more” than two years.