Boris Johnson, a former UK foreign secretary, has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to return to Brussels and avoid extending Article 50, which he claimed may scrap Brexit.
"By law on March the 29th, the UK must leave the EU," Johnson said, adding that "the only way to extend or revoke Article 50 is with the approval of the EU and with the initiative of the UK government".
He described potential attempts to extend Article 50 as "shameful" and "dishonest", something that Johnson claimed weakens London's "negotiating position once again".
"I think the public will have the strong and altogether justified impression of an elite conspiracy to thwart Brexit. To extend Article 50 now would do nothing but erode trust in politics," he pointed out.
Twitter users were quick to react to the former foreign secretary's remarks, with many sarcastically reminding Johnson that he himself is part of the elite.
Boris is shameful. Lying self serving publicity loving are his nicer traits— ConstanzeMozart 🇪🇺 🌹 (@Constanze1763) 18 января 2019 г.
Brexit is pseudo— Fred (@Plumbobbit) 18 января 2019 г.
Doublespeak.— Janet (@JanetHughes04) 18 января 2019 г.
@BorisJohnson kicking the "elites" in their pants! Ha ha ha ha ha 🎩🏰🦊📯— Polonium Tea 4 Putin (@PoloniumT4Putin) 18 января 2019 г.
That'll tell them!
Bojo is right long term effects on this would be devastating to UK politics.— Jmb (@Hamishckay1) 18 января 2019 г.
if he's not the elite… who is?— Babs (@BabsSheKing) 18 января 2019 г.
It's the officer class: Farage, Cash et al who have got this show on the road. The anything-but-elite up and down the land wouldn't blink if Art.50 was revoked within the next week.— Allen Lees (@lees70Lees) 18 января 2019 г.
It is always curious when the elite refer to the elite as not being them.— Andrew Böber (@AndrewBober) 18 января 2019 г.
Is anyone still seriously interested in Mr Johnson’s opinion? I agree with Lord Heseltine who said he is the type person who finds a mob, goes to the front and says follow me.— Robert Turner (@3linewhip) 18 января 2019 г.
Not sure Boris… we need #HardRemain — direct rule from Brussels — so we get politicans at last who know what they are doing. We save millions of jobs bieng lost for the cost of just 620 deranged MPs.— Red Rob (@RobJohnson744) 18 января 2019 г.
Johnson's comments come a few days after UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the government would present a new plan on Brexit to the House of Commons on Monday following parliament's rejection of her previous draft deal.
She also warned against a general election in Britain, which May said is "the worst thing we could do" and which "would bring chaos when we need certainty".
In late November 2018, May's spokesperson insisted London has no plans of revoking Article 50.