Boris eyes up No 10 with blueprint for better Brexit

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Today Boris Johnson renewed his misleading call for £350m to be spent on the NHS, Lord Pearson said the move "smelled" of a leadership bid.

At the same time, Johnson appeared to think it would be possible to retain some access to the EU's single market.

Damian Green, the first secretary of state who is Mrs May's deputy, said Mr Johnson would not be sacked. "Mrs May must spell out now how this will be paid for or stand condemned for once again trying to mislead the British public".

Johnson argued that the United Kingdom should not pay to access Europe's single market for goods and services after Brexit, countering an idea suggested as possible by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

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In the article, he revived the contested claim Brexit could free up £350m a week for the NHS.

A senior minister who backed Remain told the Sunday Telegraph, meanwhile, Mr Johnson "needs to go and do something else" if he "can't settle" into his role as foreign secretary while a former minister said he was "sailing within an inch of being thrown out of the Government".

"This country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily", he wrote.

The Home Secretary said she did not think Mr Johnson's article was a leadership bid and said her Cabinet colleague added "enthusiasm, energy, and sometimes entertainment". She also made it clear she doesn't want him leading the party.

"What we've got is Theresea May managing that process, she's driving the auto to continue the allegory, and I'm going to make sure as far as I'm concerned and the rest of the cabinet is concerned we help her do that".

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Labour said the article exposed the divisions in Mrs May's top team. He says Britain shouldn't seek to stay in the European Union's single market or the customs union, and should seize the opportunity to make its own way. "That is what she and her government will deliver".

Mrs May is due to make a significant Brexit speech in Italy next week. Johnson didn't mention such a phase.

But as the furore raged, Mr Johnson insisted in a tweet he was "looking forward to PM's Florence speech".

"Our systems of standards will remain absolutely flush with the rest of the European Union", he said, but when addressing the housing shortage he added: "There may be ways of simplifying planning procedures, post-Brexit, and abbreviating impact assessments, without in any way compromising the environment".

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