Trump could handle Brexit better than Theresa May, Boris Johnson says

Foreign minister Alan Duncan and the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson   Getty

The Treasury is "basically the heart of Remain" and is trying to stop Britain from having full freedom on trade policy after Brexit by keeping it tied to the EU's customs union and to a large extent the single market, Johnson said according to BuzzFeed.

"I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump", Johnson said in a leaked audio excerpt from an appearance at the Institute of Directors in London, obtained by BuzzFeed News. But actually you might get somewhere.

"OK? I don't want anybody to panic during the meltdown".

"I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness", he continued. "It's going to be all right in the end".

Away from domestic politics, Johnson also suggested May would put forward a new plan at the G-7 summit in Canada for a "rapid response unit" to deal with Russian aggression, including cyber warfare.

He revealed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had asked Britain to use its nuclear expertise in helping North Korea dismantle its arsenal.

Now we know his negotiating strategy has at least one admirer in the British government-Boris Johnson. No panic. Pro bono public, no bloody panic.

China was "a rival whose growth and whose incredible developing power can be used to our advantage", Johnson said.

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"No Prime Minister could ever agree to any arrangement which would threaten the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom".

Friends of Mr Johnson said: 'This was a private dinner under Chatham House rules so it is sad and very disappointing that it has been covertly recorded and distributed to the media'.

The British foreign secretary warned that negotiations with Brussels were heading towards "meltdown", saying Brexit supporters risked getting a far worse deal than they had expected.

"He's certainly right to say we shouldn't panic", Howard said.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London, June 7, 2018.

Speaking in Brussels yesterday, Mr Barnier said it would not be feasible to extend the European Commission's backstop plan - under which Northern Ireland would remain part of the EU customs union after Brexit - to include the whole of the United Kingdom. I'm not as close to the negotiations as Boris is.

A spokesperson for May, who is now out of the country at the G7 summit in Canada, told reporters the Prime Minister still had confidence in her foreign secretary.

The Brexit minister David Davis reportedly threatened to resign over the so-called "backstop" solution for Northern Ireland, to guarantee an open border after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

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