For Brexit jibe, personal life, Boris Johnson comes under fire

Boris Johnson with Marina Wheeler after casting his vote in the EU referendum in June 2016

Boris Johnson with Marina Wheeler after casting his vote in the EU referendum in June 2016

"I'm sorry, but this is the political end of Boris Johnson", Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan wrote on Twitter.

Tory MP and ex-Army officer Tom Tugendhat was unimpressed by Mr Johnson's remarks.

Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson Sunday came under fire from different sides of his Conservative party in the wake of a controversial dossier on his personal life and his fresh attack on British Prime Minister Theresa May by comparing her Brexit plans with a "suicide vest".

'A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand, ' he said.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote in the same paper that the country should back May and her plan.

Many of Johnson's supporters hope his increasingly vocal criticism of May signals that he will launch a leadership bid while other Conservatives suggest his Mail article was exclusively to distract attention away from his marital difficulties.

Alistair Burt MP added: 'There is no justification for such an outrageous, inappropriate and hurtful analogy'. Again, I say, enough.

Her preferred plan sparked Mr Johnson's departure from her cabinet.

But Mr Johnson won support from ally Nadine Dorries who said: "Don't underestimate the vitriol that will be directed towards Boris today".




In a reference to the policies of President Trump, Mr Johnson said: The US now boasts economic growth rates far in excess of this country, at about 4.5%, and with record low unemployment.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said there were "much better ways to articulate your differences", while Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said he had used the wrong tone. "I think the choice of language in politics is extremely important". Grieve said Johnson's phrasing in the Mail on Sunday article was "entirely in character: crude but, for some, entertaining populist polemic."He said there was a lack of coherent thought in the article".

Some commentators suggested Johnson's remarks were intended as a diversion from speculation over his private life, after he announced last week that he was divorcing his wife of 25 years.

"We are reaching the point now where it is extremely hard to see how we can rescue the Conservative Party from a catastrophic split if the Chequers proposals are carried forward", he said.

In a sign of the war within the party, The Sunday Times reported that Mrs May's aides had drawn up a dossier on Mr Johnson during an aborted run for the leadership in 2016.

Officials at Downing Street and Conservative Campaign Headquarters have denied circulating the document.

The former chairman of the Eurosceptic European Research Group said Mrs May faces "a massive problem" because of the scale of opposition to Chequers among Tory grassroots members.

It also warned that the "necessity to call on military assistance is a real possibility" in the weeks after UK's departure from the EU. "Personally I hope that won't happen".

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