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Boris Johnson evokes Exodus story, urges PM to tell 'Pharaoh' in Brussels 'let my people go'

The Prime Minister must say to the "Pharaoh in Brussels - let my people go", Boris Johnson has said in his latest outspoken intervention concerning the UK's EU withdrawal.

The former foreign secretary told Theresa May to "channel the spirit of Moses" as he argued she should drop her Brexit agreement and embrace a no-deal scenario if the terms cannot be changed.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: "If she cannot give that evidence of change - she should drop the deal, and go back to Brussels, and simply set out the terms that so many on both sides - remainers and leavers - now believe are sensible.

 

"Extend the implementation period to the end of 2021 if necessary; use it to negotiate a free-trade deal; pay the fee, but come out of the EU now - without the backstop.

 

"It is time for the PM to channel the spirit of Moses in Exodus, and say to Pharaoh in Brussels - let my people go."

 

Mr Johnson said ministers had "chickened out" of delivering Brexit this week. He encouraged Mrs May to provide "convincing proofs" of how the next phase of the negotiations will be different from the last to win support for her deal.

 

He also wrote that a Norway/EEA/customs union proposal being supported by the likes of Nick Boles and Yvette Cooper would be "catastrophic".

 

He said the proposed arrangement for Northern Ireland post-Brexit was why the current deal on the table is "so rotten".

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