Boris Johnson offered Brexit fisheries ultimatum as PM warned he will be ‘finished’

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Speaking to Brexit Unlocked hosts Martin Daubney and Belinda De Lucy, the former Brexit Party MEP said she hoped Boris Johnson will do right by British fishermen as Brexit negotiators could end talks in just 10 days time. The Brexiteer said: “Boris has had a tough week. Not only is Dominic Cummings, his best buddy leaving him, I’m hearing he’s been handpicked by Carrie.

“And what I don’t want to see is that Meghan-Harry thing happening again, you know. They always say behind a successful man is a woman. Well, let’s just listen to this.

“Let’s hope that Carrie, this lovely girl who swans about and she thinks this is right, let’s hope that she does the right thing and pushes her man in the right position, which is to leave the EU, take back full control of our waters and our resources.

“It’s as simple as that.

“You know, at the end of the day, if he betrays coastal communities and discriminates citizens that have every right to have a beautiful life, like everybody else, then quite frankly, he will be finished.”

It comes as Dominic Cummings, who walked out of No 10 on Friday evening with a box of his belongings in his hands, said he always intended to depart at the end of the year, and had forecast such a plan in a blog he wrote in January.

But all the signs suggest his timing changed after losing out in a power struggle among the Prime Minister’s inner circle.

He is thought to have wanted his close ally Lee Cain – the No 10 director of communications – to be installed as Mr Johnson’s chief of staff.

But the proposed move infuriated many senior Tories – and, it is said, the Prime Minister’s fiancee Carrie Symonds – who were alarmed at the prospect of Mr Cummings extending his influence.

When this failed to work, Mr Cain – who feared he was being sidelined with the appointment of Allegra Stratton as the new press secretary – announced he was quitting.

Mr Cummings was seen leaving Number 10 carrying boxes on Friday evening.

Sir Edward Lister was announced as the interim chief of staff pending a permanent appointment.

On Thursday night, Mr Cummings insisted to the BBC that “rumours of me threatening to resign are invented” after it was suggested he would exit in protest over the treatment of Mr Cain.

The BBC reported that Mr Cummings’ departure had been brought forward given the “upset in the team” and that the Prime Minister wanted to “clear the air and move on”.

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Tory backbenchers urged Number 10 to use the exit of the aide – whose mid-lockdown trip to Durham cemented his notoriety – as an opportunity to restore the values of “respect, integrity and trust”.

Sir Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Commons Liaison Committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s an opportunity to reset how the Government operates and to emphasise some values about what we want to project as a Conservative Party in Government.

“I’m not surprised in a way that it is ending in the way it is. No prime minister can afford a single adviser to become a running story, dominating his Government’s communications and crowding out the proper messages the Government wants to convey.

“Nobody is indispensable.”

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