Boris vows to make Britain great again! Johnson says the country needs ‘self-belief’ to get a good Brexit deal amid claims he is ALREADY planning his Cabinet by holding talks with Gove and Javid
- Boris Johnson stepping up Tory campaign with just weeks until new PM is named
- Mr Johnson insisted that he can ‘make Britain the greatest place on Earth’
- He is already believed to be meeting potential Cabinet ministers ahead of results
Boris Johnson channeled Donald Trump by vowing to ‘make Britain the greatest place on Earth’ today – amid claims he is already drawing up a Cabinet for when he becomes PM.
The Tory front runner echoed the US president’s ‘make America great again’ slogan as he insisted the country only needs ‘self-belief’ to get a good Brexit deal.
With some party members already having received their postal ballot papers, Mr Johnson told the Telegraph he was ‘fighting for every vote’.
However, he is believed to have held a series of meeting with potential ministers in his top team, including long-term rival Michael Gove and Sajid Javid.
Boris Johnson (pictured at hustings in York last night) echoed the US president’s ‘make America great again’ slogan as he insisted the country only needs ‘self-belief’ to get a good Brexit deal
There are claims Mr Johnson has met Sajid Javid (left) and Michael Gove (right) to discuss government jobs if and when he takes over as PM
The battle for the keys to Downing Street is heating up with less than three weeks to go until the new PM is named.
Mr Johnson is the clear favourite over Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, having promised that he will ensure the UK leaves the EU at the end of October ‘come what may’.
Setting out an optimistic stance for his premiership, Mr Johnson said today: ‘I will set out a vision for Britain as the greatest place on Earth. The greatest place to be, the greatest place to live, to raise a family.
‘The greatest place to send your kids to school, the greatest place to breathe clean air, to start a business, the place where you’ll find the most exciting tech scene, the most exciting academic culture, the most cutting-edge businesses of all kinds, but also a place where we improve the environment, we improve quality of life for everybody, because we’re uniting the country and bringing it together, that’s what I want to do.
However, Mr Johnson insisted he was ‘taking nothing for granted’.
‘It’s time to drive for the line, keeping the ball at the back of the scrum. I’m fighting for every vote and campaigning flat out and will be from now until the end,’ he said.
In a potential setback for Mr Johnson today, there are reports Downing Street attempted to withhold sensitive intelligence from him when he became foreign secretary in 2016.
The BBC said multiple sources confirmed Mr Johnson was not shown a ‘category of sensitive secret intelligence’.
He is said to have been aware of the decision at the time and ‘very unhappy’ about it.
But sources close to Mr Johnson said there was no row about being denied access and that he saw everything he should have seen as foreign secretary.
Mr Hunt, the current Foreign Secretary, said that, under his plans, the Government would guarantee no-one would have to sell their home to cover their care costs.
In return for people being incentivised to save for their needs, he said the state would pledge to cap the cost of care.
Mr Johnson is the clear favourite to win the Tory leadership race against Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured at hustings last night)
Tax breaks for home adaptations and extensions would be introduced to aid families looking after elderly relatives, and more money would be made available to bring health and social care together under the initiative.
The initiative would see a 10-year funding plan for the social care system, including additional state funding for local councils from the £26 billion ‘headroom’ reserves Chancellor Philip Hammond has set aside.
He said: ‘That’s why guaranteeing older people dignity and respect in their final years is unfinished business for me.
‘If Conservatives stand for anything it has to be dignity and security for our elderly generation as their lives draw to a close.
‘I want to bring health and social care together, and back those unsung heroes caring for their own family members for free.’
Campaigning in Yorkshire last night, Mr Johnson also acknowledged that the issue had to be addressed but has yet to say how he would do so.
Meanwhile, pro-EU Justice Secretary David Gauke warned that Parliament would find a way to prevent Britain leaving the EU in a no-deal Brexit.
Both leadership contenders have said they are prepared to walk away without a deal if they cannot secure a new agreement with Brussels on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal.
However, Mr Gauke told Parliament’s The House magazine: ‘If I was to speculate on it, given that we have an activist Speaker, given that there is a parliamentary majority against no-deal, a way will be found.’
He was backed by former minister Sam Gyimah, who said some Tory MPs would even vote for a no-confidence motion to bring down the Government to prevent no-deal.
‘It is not an option I am considering but I know there are other colleagues who will consider that, who will go that far,’ he told BBC Two’s Newsnight.
‘There will be more than enough of us who will use every legislative means possible to stop no-deal.’
Appearing at a leadership hustings in York, Mr Johnson made clear that he would not brook any dissent from ministers on his commitment to leave the EU by October 31, with or without an agreement.
‘What I wouldn’t accept is people actively dissenting in public from that policy and undermining it,’ he said.
His comments were seen as a thinly veiled swipe at Cabinet ministers like Mr Gauke, Amber Rudd and Greg Clark, who infuriated Brexiteers when they suggested earlier this year that they would be prepared to prevent no-deal.
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