Boris Johnson's Brexit plan is not a leadership bid: minister

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 5:04 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday that Boris Johnson was not starting a leadership bid by setting out his plans for Brexit in a newspaper article, adding that his intervention was "absolutely fine".

A week before Prime Minister Theresa May sets out her vision for Brexit in a speech in the Italian city of Florence, Johnson, the foreign secretary, published a newspaper article that roamed well beyond his ministerial brief.

"I know what an irrepressible enthusiast (Johnson) is about Brexit, and what he's done is set it out there, I think it's absolutely fine, I would expect nothing less from Boris," Rudd said on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

When asked if the article was a leadership challenge, Rudd said "no, I don't think it is".

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"I think that he like I supports the prime minister at this difficult time as we try to conclude the negotiations with the EU," she said.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Andrew Heavens)