May declares confidence in foreign secretary despite his attack on the Treasury

Boris Johnson has “strong views on Brexit … but so do I”, Theresa May has insisted, after resisting calls for the sacking of the foreign secretary in the wake of an explosive leaked recording.

In a private speech to the Conservative Way Forward group, Johnson is heard dismissing the cautious approach of Philip Hammond’s Treasury, which he said had focused on “mumbo jumbo” predictions about short-term disruption, instead of the potential gains from leaving the EU. He also portrayed the Treasury as “the heart of remain”.

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