>> Have a cup of tea.>> The man that some see as the biggest threat to Theresa May's hold as British Prime minister is again beating his drum over her Brexit strategy.>> I wanted you to have a cup of tea.>> Boris Johnson has a reputation for being plain spoken.
And now he's comparing the negotiating plan that led to his resignation as May’s foreign minister to entering battle under a white flag of surrender to the European Union. Many interpret Johnson’s latest Daily Telegraph column as more evidence that the hard line Brexiteer may be preparing to mount a leadership challenge.
Reuters political correspondent Will James.>> The stakes are especially for the Prime Minister at the moment because Brexit is so close, it's less than seven months away now. And that means that everything that is undecided that is putting pressure upon her position has to be decided within a very short space of time.
The question is what are the terms of that departure and of course, will she still be in charged when we do?>> Johnson's regular columns have kept him in the public eye. This one was timed to coincide with parliament's return from summer recess this week. Downing Street issued a rebuttal, claiming the strategy the party had adopted was the only credible one out there.
The public acknowledgement though, of Johnson's attack may be evidence of how legitimate a threat he and other party rebels are. The European Union isn't happy with Prime Minister May either.>> If you're on the European Commission's side what they see is Britain trying to cherrypick access to the single market, the best bits of the single market.
That's something that if they let Britain do that, who else is going to ask next? So, for Theresa May, that she's really plotted a path in between those two factions and is now feeling the force of their anger on both sides.>> But for Brussels May's departure could be disastrous.
Johnson's on record as suggesting UK should negotiate more like Donald Trump and Trump he said would go in bloody hard.