Fresh Brexit row over UK's Johnson 'suicide vest' jibe
Britain's ruling Conservative party was locked in a new row over Brexit on Sept. 9 after Boris Johnson said the government's strategy put the country in a "suicide vest", with Brussels holding the detonator.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Johnson repeated that May's plan to follow EU rules on trade in goods after Brexit -- a plan over which he quit his job in protest in July -- were a "humiliation.”
And he condemned her vow to do whatever it takes to avoid border checks in Ireland, saying it was "insanity" and left Britain open to "perpetual political blackmail".
"We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution -- and handed the detonator to (EU Brexit negotiator) Michel Barnier," he wrote.
"We have given him a jemmy (crowbar) with which Brussels can choose -- at any time -- to crack apart the union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland."
The EU has suggested that if no other way was found to avoid physical border checks between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, then the latter should stay aligned with the bloc's trade rules.
Some commentators suggested Johnson's remarks were intended as a diversion from speculation over his private life, after he announced this week that he was divorcing his wife of 25 years.
Sunday's newspapers were filled with lurid details about Johnson's alleged infidelity in the past.
Downing Street denied re-releasing the details to discredit him now.