Boris Johnson and wife announce separation, divorce

Then-London Mayor Boris Johnson with his wife Marina and his daughter Lara Johnson as she voted for the first time in 2012 when he won a second term

He said: "If we don't stop this extraordinary use of language over Brexit, our country might never heal".

Back in the heady pre-Brexit days of early-ish 2016, top Tories were strongly opposed to explicit attacks on Boris Johnson.

The plan is known as "Chequers" after the prime minister's country retreat where it was agreed at a cabinet meeting. And the reason is simple: Northern Ireland, and the insanity of the so-called "backstop".

He added: 'We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail.

"We have given him a jemmy with which Brussels can choose - at any time - to crack apart the Union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

Former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson launched a two-pronged attack on Britain's government on Sunday, criticising suggestions it may increase taxes to fund services and its management of a high-speed rail project.

Johnson's inflammatory language drew outrage from colleagues, with junior foreign minister Alan Duncan saying it was "disgusting" to compare May's view to that of a suicide bomber.

He said the column should mark the "political end of Boris Johnson". "If it isn't now, I will make sure it is later", he tweeted.

Former Army officer and member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Tom Tugendhat graphically described the aftermath of a suicide bomb that had gone off near his office in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The Sunday Express reports an ex-KGB officer who claims Russian Federation told him to kill dissidents in a similar way as was seen in the attack on the Skripals in Salisbury.

"Some need to grow up".

"Comparing the Prime Minister to that isn't amusing".

There has also been a renewed focus on Johnson's private life following the announcement that he has separated from his wife Marina Wheeler and the couple are divorcing.

Hartley-Brewer said: "I'm thinking Boris Johnson over Theresa May, but that's not saying much right now, is it?"

Backbench Tory MP Nadine Dorries said Johnson's critics were "terrified of his popular appeal".

She said: "Tory leadership battle has not yet officially started and they are already using analogies such as "suicide vests" to slur one side against the other".

Boris Johnson has argued that the United Kingdom should follow Donald Trump's example and slash taxes to create a "happy and dynamic economy". "Truly bad stuff in our politics".

The prime minister will chair a special Cabinet meeting on Thursday to discuss the preparations in the event of a no deal Brexit.

"It is not news that he has a difference of opinion with the prime minister and that's why he left government", interior minister Sajid Javid told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

"While the time bomb still exists because of the foolish acceptance which the Government has given to the claim that the Irish border presents a problem when it comes to striking a free trade deal with the European Union, all of the work which has been done makes it more hard for Brussels to detonate it".

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