Boris Johnson has thrown his support behind a Conservative Party MP who blasted Theresa May's government a "s**t show" in a recent interview.
Johnny Mercer, a former army captain and Tory MP for Plymouth blurted out the unprecedentedly mutinous remark during an interview with the parliament's ‘The House' magazine, in which he also said that if he was not a conservative MP he would not vote for the party because it is no longer in line with his values.
Mr Johnson broadcast his message of solidarity with Mercer via Twitter.
The Conservative Party is fortunate to have MPs with the passion and determination of @Johnnymerceruk — his fight for veterans shows why we need more like him— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 19, 2018
Mercer, 37, was once tipped as a rising star who had the potential to take the party's leadership reins in the future. However, it is more than likely that his verbal assault on miss May's government will land him on the naughty list among the party's seniority.
British media is reporting widely that Mercer is likely to receive a dressing down by the government's chief whip, Julian Smith, who will likely say that any attacks on the party's performance in government will only benefit the Labour opposition, led by Jeremy Corbyn.
There must be some way to get shot of her. If the party was threatened with being split would MPs back her then— Liam mac (@Novello2001) October 19, 2018
Mercer, who fought in Afghanistan before becoming an MP, has reportedly dedicated a great deal of time to campaigning for army veterans with mental health problems.
The Plymouth MP, who openly identifies as a Remainer in the Brexit debate, is no stranger to criticising the government from within. In fact, in told the parliament during an open session that Theresa May's Chequers deal was "your classic professional politician's answer" that pleases no one.
Boris Johnson and fellow Conservative Party member and former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, are currently locked on mortal combat with the ruling Conservative Party's leadership over the issue of Brexit. Both men are staunchly supportive of a sharp departure from the European Union and have had little truck with Theresa May's so-called ‘Chequers plan.'
The two unapologetic Brexiteers, along with prominent backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, have penned a joint open letter to prime minister May, in which they declare that "the Chequers plan is flawed," and that the British people will never forgive the Conservatives if Brexit is reduced to "a choreographed show of resistance followed by surrender."