11:18 GMT20 January 2021
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    The high priest of Brexit has waded into the debate before with his acerbic tongue and lacerating rhetoric, but his latest tirade could be one of his last before London and Brussels strike a long awaited Brexit plan.

    Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called upon members of parliament (MPs) to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's "appalling" Brexit plan amid a steady increase of reports that her government is close to clinching a deal with Brussels.

    In one of his most vitriolic attacks on May's Brexit blueprint to date, the chief Brexiteer slammed the alleged plan to keep the entirety of the UK in a customs union as an "absolute stinker." 

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    Writing in one of Britain's leading tabloid newspapers, the Sun, Johnson balked that the UK will become "a vassal state, a colony" of the European Union (EU), which will see London kneel to foreign made laws "for the first time in a thousand years."

    Bojo's scolding intervention comes on the heels of reports which suggest that Theresa May's negotiating team are just steps away from securing a Brexit deal with the EU that will keep the UK closely within the orbit of the European customs union.

    Downing Street has however maintained that such reports are mere "speculation." However, Prime Minister May's close advisor and Cabinet Office Minister, David Lidington, done little to dampen such expectations on Friday, November 2 when he declared that both sides are "very close" to realizing a final deal.

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    "We will be told that the UK government has triumphed. We will be told that we have protected our precious union. But we have agreed to remain a vassalage forever," warned Mr Johnson.

    "Brexit was meant to be about taking back control. Under this plan, we surrender control to Brussels. If we accept this appalling deal we must realize it forever. From social policy to the environment, from agriculture to industrial standards to immigration, when Brussels says ‘Jump', the British answer will be ‘How high?" he added.

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