Downing Street has hit back at Boris Johnson for claiming Britain is waving the “white flag” in Brexit negotiations, saying he offered “no new ideas to respond to”.
Theresa May’s spokesperson said she was a “serious prime minister and has put forward serious proposals”, fuelling a growing row with the former foreign secretary.
Number 10 sought to slap him down for the intervention made in a Daily Telegraph column on Monday.
In it, Mr Johnson insisted the UK is “lying flat on the canvas” and that negotiations with Brussels were a “fix”.
He claimed Mrs May’s Chequers proposals amounted to surrender, adding Britain had “gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank”.
It will be seen by many in Westminster as the beginning of a plot to try and oust Mrs May.