Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU group in the German parliament, said the Foreign Secretary believes the offer Theresa May has made is “too much”.
Theresa May is facing calls to give Boris Johnson the sack in order reassert her authority over a fractured Conservative Party. Speculation is circulating that the Prime Minister is planning a cabinet reshuffle to shore up her position, with the Foreign Secretary in the firing line for a demotion. Supporters of the Foreign Secretary have also said that the PM lacks the authority to push him out of the door after her general election gamble backfired, leaving her without a majority.
The Prime Minister was handed a cough sweet by Chancellor Philip Hammond as she continued to cough while delivering the speech.
The Foreign Secretary made the comments on the fringes of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester and he has faced criticism from those in his own party.
The Foreign Secretary is backed by 23 per cent of Tory party members to succeed the current PM.
Theresa May has insisted she will lead the Tories into the next election but Conservative MPs believe Boris Johnson will be the man to eventually take over. The under-fire Foreign Secretary is the man that one third of Tories believe will take over the role as party leader, according to polling company Populus. One fifth think that Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead the party next – whether it is is display as leader or as Prime mInister if Mrs May does quit before another election.
Theresa May has dismissed criticism of her ‘deluded’ vow to fight the next general election, insisting she ‘isn’t a quitter’. Senior Tories have cast doubt on the PM’s vow to take Britain through Brexit in 2019 and into the next election as leader of the Conservative Party. Former ministers Nicky Morgan and Grant Shapp have said it would be difficult for her to continue following the disastrous election this year which saw her lose the Tory majority.
Boris Johnson has come under fire from those working in his own department, who say he is a “liability as Foreign Secretary”. As diplomatic sources criticised the former Mayor of London, sources in the foreign office gave their opinion of their boss to Newsnight’s political editor, Nicholas Watt.
The Times has accused Boris Johnson of making 'a serious error' by aligning himself with Donald Trump.
South Korea has threatened to “exterminate” Kim Jong-un as tensions across East Asia heightened after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the skies of Japan. Japanese officials said the missile took off from Pyongyang and flew above the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific Ocean. There was no damage to ships or anything else reported, while Japan’s NHK TV said the missile separated into three parts.
Boris Johnson appeared to perform a u-turn on previous comments that the EU could ‘go whistle’ over its Brexit divorce bill, telling the BBC that Britain would ‘meet its obligations’ over any money owed. The Foreign Secretary claimed his previous comments were in relation to the sums of money that had been suggested, rather than the concept of paying itself.
Boris Johnson has been dubbed a “blond British wombat” during his visit to Australia. The description was just one of a series of comedy descriptions of the Foreign Secretary by the Australian media during his recent visit. Mr Johnson used the three-day visit, which followed a trip to New Zealand in which he compared a traditional Maori greeting to a ‘Glasgow kiss’, to promote post-Brexit opportunities with Britain.
Boris Johnson has been widely mocked after an excruciating interview that saw him failing to sufficiently answer basic questions about the Queen’s Speech.
While the Prime Minister is in the centre of a crisis within her own ranks, her decision to bring back former justice secretary Michael Gove has not gone unnoticed.
Boris Johnson has refused to jump to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s defence after Donald Trump attacked him on Twitter. The former London Mayor and current Foreign Secretary was asked about President Trump’s criticism of Mr Khan’s response to the London Bridge terror attack. After initially saying Mr Khan was “entirely right” to make a statement after the attacks where he tried to comfort and calm down Londoners, Mr Johnson was then asked about President Trump’s state visit invite.
Boris Johnson was branded a “pillock” on live TV during a clash with Labour MP Andrew Gwynne that saw the Foreign Secretary appearing to shove his rival.
Boris Johnson faced an almighty grilling on Good Morning Britain earlier today as he was forced to admit that the NHS will NOT get £350 million extra week after Brexit. The Foreign Secretary backtracked on the claim, which was famously printed on the side of a Leave campaign bus, under heavy pressure from Susanna Reid. As she quizzed Johnson on the NHS, Reid pointed out that health secretary Jeremy Hunt had been on the show only a day previously and warned that a bad Brexit deal could cause the NHS to lose even more money.
Britain could join the United States in taking military action in Syria if asked WITHOUT first seeking the approval from Parliament, according to Boris Johnson. The Foreign Secretary – who today described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a “mugwump” – said it would be “very difficult to say no” if Donald Trump‘s administration asks the UK for help in taking action against Bashar Assad’s regime in response to another chemical attack. The US launched a cruise missile strike on a Syrian regime air base this month after Assad allegedly killed scores of people in a chemical attack on a rebel-held area in Idlib province.
Boris Johnson has launched an astonishing personal attack on Jeremy Corbyn, labelling him a “mutton-headed old mugwump”. The Foreign Secretary used the bizarre term as he warned that the Labour leader would be a threat to national security if elected Prime Minister in the June election. Writing in The Sun, Mr Johnson said Mr Corbyn had “no grasp of the need for this country to be strong in the world” and questioned how he would respond to the “semi-deranged” regime in North Korea.
Foreign ministers at the G7 have rejected Boris Johnson’s call for targeted sanctions against senior Russian and Syrian figures after last week’s chemical weapons incident. The Foreign Secretary said this week that there was “wide degree of acceptance” that sanctions could be needed if an international investigation confirmed the Syrian regime was behind the chemical weapons attack.