LONDON — Theresa May has attacked Boris Johnson for having “no new ideas” on Brexit after he suggested the UK would get “diddly squat” from the prime minister’s plan to leave the EU.
Johnson said that May’s Chequers plan, which prompted him to resign as foreign secretary in July, “means disaster” for Britain.
In response to the column, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “Boris Johnson resigned over Chequers.
“There are no new ideas in this article to respond to.
“What we need at this time is serious leadership with a serious plan and that is exactly what the country has with this prime minister and this Brexit plan.”
Johnson’s column could be the clearest sign yet that he plans to challenge May for the leadership of the Conservative party.
Asked whether the PM believes Boris Johnson is “serious,” her spokesman replied: “She is a serious prime minister and she has put forward serious proposals.”
Downing Street insisted there would be no more immediate compromises from the British side in negotiations.
“What the prime minister has said very clearly is that we have made our move and it is now for the EU to make theirs.”
This is a developing story.