Johnson will attend May’s speech in Florence on Friday and told the Guardian he is “mystified” by media reports he was close to quitting over her strategy towards the EU.
“Not me, guv,” he said. “I don’t know where it’s coming from, honestly.”
Peace was brokered on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which both May and Johnson are attending. One aide to May rejected the suggestion that she had made concessions to Johnson to win his support.
Now the focus turns to Florence. The EU is eager to discover more about where May stands on payments into the EU budget and how long she wants a transitional period to last. She will be hoping to do enough to unblock negotiations set to restart next week and increase the chances they will soon turn to a long-term trade deal.
The Financial Times reported that May…