[Ed. – As much fun as the British press makes of him, I think the real sticking point for the “moderates” is his determination to see a real Brexit through — the one the voters voted for. America, France, Italy, Austria, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa — Iran! — none of us are alone in being on a political roller coaster ride, one way or another. The hair alone suggests Mr. Johnson’s time has come.]
A campaign to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister and taking the country into a no-deal Brexit was launched by moderate cabinet ministers on Saturday as the first shots were fired in the Tory contest to succeed Theresa May in Downing Street.
After May bowed to pressure on Friday and announced she would resign as Tory leader within two weeks, justice secretary David Gauke and international development secretary Rory Stewart condemned Johnson’s readiness to embrace a no-deal, saying it would be hugely damaging to the national interest.
The move, part of a concerted “anti-Johnson” push by opponents of a hard Brexit, followed comments by the former foreign secretary on Friday, soon after May’s resignation speech in Downing Street, that the UK would definitely leave the EU “deal or no deal” on 31 October if he became leader in July.