All out war: Boris’ Brexit broadside

Boris Johnson and Theresa May. Johnson has lobbed a political hand grenade at May as the Tory confer

Boris Johnson and Theresa May. Johnson has lobbed a political hand grenade at May as the Tory conference begins Photo: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Boris Johnson has labelled Theresa May's Brexit plan 'deranged' and 'preposterous' as Conservative party conference kicks off in Birmingham.

Tory sources expect Johnson to use the gathering in a bid to further undermine the prime minister as he builds his bid to topple her and take over in Number 10.

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His comments came as the prime minister set out plans aimed at bolstering her position, announcing measures to crack down on foreigners buying homes and proposals for a nationwide festival in 2022 – the year of the next scheduled general election.

In a typically bizarre interview with the Sunday Times Johnson said the UK should build a bridge to Ireland and put the HS2 rail line on hold to focus on a high-speed link in the north of England.

He then focussed on Brexit branding May's plan for a facilitated customs arrangement – part of the Chequers proposal to break the impasse in Brexit talks – 'entirely preposterous'.

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'Unlike the prime minister, I fought for this, I believe in it, I think it's the right thing for our country and I think that what is happening now is, alas, not what people were promised in 2016,' he said.

He added: 'I think we need to make the case for markets. I don't think we should caper insincerely on socialist territory. You can't beat Corbyn by becoming Corbyn.'

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May used her own interview with the Sunday Times to set out her political agenda.

Under her plans, people and businesses who do not pay tax in Britain will face a surcharge of between 1% and 3% when they buy a property, with the money funding measures to tackle rough sleeping.

Signalling that she intended to remain in Number 10 for years to come, she said: 'There's a long-term job to do.'

She added: 'It's not just about Brexit, it's about the domestic agenda as well.

'I think we're at a very important and historic moment for the UK. There are real opportunities for the UK outside the European Union.'

Setting out her plans for a festival in post-Brexit Britain, she said: 'We want to showcase what makes our country great today.

'We want to capture that spirit for a new generation, celebrate our nation's diversity and talent, and mark this moment of national renewal with a once-in-a-generation celebration.'

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