Boris s se­cret mar­riage deal

JOHNSONS AGREED TO STAY WED TO GET HARD BREXIT Wife didn’t want split to take at­ten­tion away from Brexit

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Geral­dine Mck­elvie

BORIS John­son’s wife con­fronted him about be­ing un­faith­ful months ago – but they agreed not to di­vorce un­til af­ter Brexit.

A source claims Ma­rina Wheeler feared a pub­lic split would de­tract from her hus­band’s role in the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Only when John­son quit the cab­i­net over Theresa May’s Che­quers plan did the pair be­gin di­vorce pro­ceed­ings.

The for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary’s friend­ship with Tory aide Car­rie Sy­monds was said to be the fi­nal straw.

Our source said: “Boris ap­par­ently told Car­rie be­fore the di­vorce was un­der way that Ma­rina had con­fronted him about be­ing un­faith­ful again.

“She was shocked but he as­sured her the news would not come out un­til af­ter Brexit be­cause of an agree­ment they had.”

It’s claimed Brex­iter Car­rie, 30, was forced out as Tory com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief when the PM’S aides be­came con­cerned she was too close to John­son’s camp.

Messy

Our in­sider added that top QC Ma­rina – also a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of leav­ing the EU – thought a messy di­vorce could af­fect the coun­try’s Brexit deal.

The source added: “Ma­rina has never made any se­cret of her opin­ion that hard Brexit is what is best for the coun­try and her le­gal pro­fes­sion.

“To­wards the end it was one of the key things she and Boris still agreed on.

“She is aware of Boris’s abil­ity to be­come a car­i­ca­ture and she didn’t want their break-up to add to that.

“She was also very aware the pan­tomime around her split with Boris could eas­ily take at­ten­tion away from Brexit.

“It seems it was only when she re­alised that Boris had bowed out of the ne­go­ti­a­tions and gone against May that she re­alised there was less to lose.”

Boris and Ma­rina, both 54, wed in 1993 and had four chil­dren to­gether but the mar­riage was blighted by his af­fairs.

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