Brexit: Boris Johnson 'back-seat driving' over Brexit, says Rudd

Britain's State Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at Lancaster house in London Britain

Brexit: Boris Johnson 'back-seat driving' over Brexit, says Rudd

Boris Johnson has been accused of "back-seat driving" Brexit by a top minister after penning a lengthy essay on his vision for the United Kingdom after leaving Europe that has been widely seen as jockeying for leadership.

Controversially, Mr Johnson says that foreigners could be prevented from buying property in the UK.

At lunchtime, Sir David's letter, accusing the foreign secretary of "a clear misuse of official statistics".

Johnson said if Britain itself had been asked to design the European Union on a blank sheet of paper, there would be nothing like the body that exists today.

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Johnson, whose carefully tussled blonde hair and apparent bumbling manner has made him one of Britain's most recognisable politicians, mentioned the figure again in a Saturday newspaper article that laid out his vision for post-Brexit Britain.

He used the newspaper article to again raise the widely discredited idea that leaving the European Union could allow Britain to add 350 million pounds ($475 million) a week to the National Health Service and argued that lifting regulations and reforming tax rules would allow Britain to prosper.

Johnson later added he was "surprised and disappointed" by Norgrove's letter, which he said "was based on what appeared to be a wilful distortion of the text of my article", according to the BBC.

I in fact said: "once we have settled our accounts we will take back control of roughly £350m per week".

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Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable branded the Conservative party as "in a state of complete civil war" after the infighting within May's cabinet resurfaced and said there was "a complete breakdown of discipline". "The £350m figure was simply wrong during the referendum campaign, and it's wrong now".

Labour MP Chuka Umunna, who is a staunch Remainer, also blasted Mr Jonhson.

"I think what Boris has done, is help to reenergise the Leave debate".

Mr Johnson has also been widely criticised for reviving the pledge, which was part a 4,000-word Brexit blueprint he released this week. If the Foreign Secretary is not party to talks about Britain's changing status with Europe, and the rest of the world, what is the goal of this supposed Great Office of State? "She is driving the vehicle - to continue the allegory - and I'm going to make sure as far as I am concerned and the rest of the cabinet are concerned that I'm going to help her do that".

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A spokesperson for Johnson said: "The Prime Minister is leading the Brexit negotiations and Boris is fully behind her in getting the best deal".

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