Get the popcorn out, because a Tory MP just vowed to end Boris Johnson’s career

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Boris Johnson has been in the news because it became public his wife left him. In what some have branded a distraction tactic, Johnson has since referred to the PM’s Chequers deal as a “suicide vest”. Regardless of his intentions, he can’t be happy with the result. The backlash has seen one Tory minister threaten to end his political career:

“Suicide vest”

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Johnson said:

under the Chequers proposal, we are set to agree to accept their rules – forever – with no say on the making of those rules.

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It is a humiliation. We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500 lb gorilla. And the reason is simple: Northern Ireland, and the insanity of the so-called ‘backstop’.

We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail. We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution – and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier.


Tom Tugendhat, a former soldier who has been touted as a future Conservative leader, took offence at the comparison:

This provoked some strained defence of Johnson:

Others pointed out that Johnson’s callous wording is more than just talk:

Alistair Burt, who worked under Johnson at the Foreign Office, also criticised him:

Some Tories did defend Johnson. The most notable was Zac Goldsmith, although his intervention prompted a backlash of its own:


Jeremy Corbyn has managed to thrive as Labour leader despite the internal divisions within his party. It’s doubtful Johnson can do the same; he really just doesn’t have the stomach for it. This is the man who fled from his opportunity to lead the party through the Brexit negotiations and the party that drove a crying Margaret Thatcher from office.

In the meantime, grab your popcorn and watch the Tories tearing their own party to pieces.

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