Johnson urges May to chuck Chequers 'cheat' in veiled leadership pitch

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Tory MP James Duddridge has handed in a letter of no confidence against May, citing the prime minister's refusal to "rip up" her controversial Chequers agreement, and her rival Boris Johnson's "inspirational" speech, as his reasons behind the decision.

Earlier party chairman Brandon Lewis brushed off claims Mr Johnson's alternative agenda sought to undermine Theresa May.

With just six months before Britain leaves the EU, May's precarious position at the helm of her party has been further shaken by criticism of her Chequers plan - named after her country residence - at home and in Brussels.

Ahead of his conference appearance, he was pictured out jogging, in what some interpreted as a "parody" of Mrs May's claim that the "naughtiest" thing she did as a child was to run through a field of wheat.

Reports have stated that she now has a 'tickly cough' so it may be a disturbed speech as she tries to hold back the splutters. He too hates Ms.

Mr. Johnson's allies have been quick to argue that he isn't trying to push out Ms.

But Johnson's recent comments about her Brexit plan, calling it "deranged" and saying it strapped a suicide vest to the British constitution, have angered many fellow MPs. "That's what we've all been saying throughout this conference", Steve Baker, who recently resigned from Ms.

Mr Johnson said that Mrs May's blueprint - which ties Britain to a common rulebook with the European Union for trade in goods - would be "politically humiliating for a £2 trillion economy" and would prevent the United Kingdom from making its own laws and subject it to the directives of Brussels. "Sometimes it comes out, sometimes she hides it away, but she is a really strong woman, a really strong Prime Minister and I really hope that comes across in the speech".

The pressure is now on Ms. She has insisted that her strategy is the only option for the country and that rejecting it would cause Britain to leave the European Union without a deal on the future relationship, something some business leaders fear would cause chaos.

Raab brushed aside calls for a second referendum or "People's Vote" if the final Brexit deal is rejected by parliament, saying that disrespecting the results of the Brexit referendum risked leading the United Kingdom down the path of extremism.

"I think what is a fact is that Mr Johnson is not an asset for the Scottish Conservative Party".

Some of Johnson's supporters, while welcoming his speech, said they believed now was not the time to launch a leadership bid against May.

He was loudly clapped and cheered as he 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.

"Do not believe that we can somehow get it wrong now, bodge it now and fix it later", he said to cheers.

But Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on Tuesday rejected the idea outright. "It is the only plan on the table at the moment that does".

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