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'Suicide Vest' Comment 'Is the Political End of Boris Johnson'

Ex-FM widely rebuked for saying Theresa May was putting UK in 'suicide vest' with EU
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2018 6:21 AM CDT
In this May 25, 2017 file photo, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Theresa May arrive for a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels.   (Thierry Charlier/Pool Photo via AP, File)
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(Newser) – No stranger to over-the-top rhetoric, Boris Johnson appears to have outdone himself in his latest attack on British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying that her Chequers deal with the European Union wraps "a suicide vest around the British constitution," and is "a humiliation" that leaves the UK open "to perpetual political blackmail." Johnson, a favorite to succeed May, favors a clean break with the EU, reports Reuters, though he may have damaged his cause with his latest remarks. The "suicide vest" comment set off what the Independent calls "open warfare" between senior members of Johnson's Tory party, with many openly and quickly denouncing Johnson as lines are drawn in a potential battle for the prime minister's job.

Potential Johnson rival Tom Tugendhat recalled his own experience with an actual suicide bomber while in the army in Afghanistan, tweeting that "Some need to grow up. Comparing the PM to that isn't happy." Former foreign minister Alan Duncan, meanwhile, called it "one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics. I'm sorry, but this is the political end of Boris Johnson. If it isn't now, I will make sure it is later." One person who's definitely had it with Johnson: His wife of 25 years, Marina Wheeler. The couple announced Friday they would divorce amid reports of Johnson's infidelity, notes the Independent. (Read more Boris Johnson stories.)

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