Senior Tory MP says Johnson should quit as PM if he doesn’t get a trade deal

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A veteran Tory MP has called for Boris Johnson to stand down as prime minister if he fails to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU.

Thanet North MP Roger Gale made the dramatic intervention as last ditch negotiations continued between London and Brussels on the issue.

Gale told the PA news agency: “If an acceptable deal is not agreed then the Prime Minister will have failed. I believe his position would then be untenable.

“Then an honourable man would make way for somebody else to give the country the leadership it needs.

“That is precisely what David Camron did when he failed to win the referendum.”

Gale, who was one of only two Tory MPs to vote against the UK Internal Market Bill, said an acceptable deal would see “imaginative ideas” regarding trade and fisheries, but he did not want an erosion of sovereignty.

Business secretary Alok Sharma insisted that voters will be able to give their verdict on the government’s handling of Brexit at the next general election, currently due in 2024.

He rejected a call from Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan to promise to resign if a no-deal outcome turns into a catastrophe for the UK in the next two years.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Sharma told the ITV show: “We have general elections in this country and we are all accountable to the electorate at every general election.

“The people will be able to make their own decisions.”

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    1. Well well. Here’s a typical Tory with too little too late, just like our illustrious No.10 Eton Nappy with his 2020 Tory CV19 Catastrophe. Getting rid of him now is well past the departure time.
      The damage is done – first his CV19 catastrophe & now his Brexit Balls-up. The Eton Nappy will go down in history as the twat that destroyed UKania……par for the course as they say.

    2. A little delusional in expecting Johnson to be Honourable when the disrepect he has shown for Parliament Principals is one of contempt.
      Why say anything at all now unless its in some mysterious arcane way to save face after four years of failing to say anything relevant about the issue of Brexit using reason.
      The Tories own it, and none will escape being tarred by this horrible blunder of jingoism.

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