CHUCK CHE­QUERS!

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BORIS John­son has elec­tri­fied the Tory party con­fer­ence with a barn­storm­ing speech urg­ing Theresa May to ditch her so-called Che­quers Brexit plan.

At a rammed rally in Birm­ing­ham, the for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary de­liv­ered a stark ul­ti­ma­tum that the PM must “chuck” her blue­print for ties with the EU – say­ing it de­nied the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum.

To huge ap­plause yes­ter­day, Boris warned that Bri­tain had to show “self-be­lief” and stand up for free­dom rather than be “man­a­cled” by Brus­sels.

In a tough mes­sage to the premier that brought rap­tur­ous cheers, he said he was ask­ing “one last time” for the Gov­ern­ment to switch back to the orig­i­nal plan the PM set out.

Boris said: “For one last time, I urge our friends in gov­ern­ment to de­liver what the peo­ple voted for, to back Theresa May in the best way pos­si­ble, by softly, qui­etly, and sen­si­bly back­ing her orig­i­nal plan.”

Fist

Slam­ming his fist on the lectern, Mr John­son said the de­ci­sions on the UK’s fu­ture could not be “fudged” as Brus­sels would merely take the op­por­tu­nity to force the re­ver­sal of the 2016 ref­er­en­dum.

He in­sisted: “Do not be­lieve that we can some­how get it wrong now and fix it later – get out prop­erly next year, or the year af­ter. To­tal fan­tasy. The op­po­site will hap­pen.

“This is the mo­ment to chuck Che­quers!”

John­son’s storm­ing per­for­mance was hailed LEADER: May by Tory Brex­i­teers and seen by many as his pitch for the keys to No.10, but al­lies of Mrs May hit back last night by sug­gest­ing Boris was not “cred­i­ble and se­ri­ous”.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary David Gauke said: “Boris al­ways at­tracts lots of at­ten­tion but now is the time for a cred­i­ble and se­ri­ous plan, and cred­i­ble se­ri­ous lead­er­ship.

“We have that from Theresa May. There are oth­ers who’d strug­gle to pro­vide that type of lead­er­ship.”

Or­gan­is­ers had to open an­other tier in the hall to ac­com­mo­date the de­mand yes­ter­day, with 1,500 squeez­ing into the hall.

By COLIN HURST [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

STARK WARN­ING: John­son yes­ter­day

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