Sunday 24 February 2019

Gove warns Cabinet 'not to act like swingers waiting for Johansson'

Michael Gove. Photo: REUTERS
Michael Gove. Photo: REUTERS

Asa Bennett

Leading Brexit campaigner and British government minister Michael Gove has compared MPs waiting for something better than Theresa May's Brexit deal to "mid-50s swingers waiting for Scarlett Johansson to turn up".

The comparison was reportedly made by Mr Gove at a meeting of Theresa May's Cabinet yesterday.

It prompted a few quips in the same spirit from colleagues. "They're waiting for Scarlett... on a unicorn," Justice Secretary David Gauke volunteered. "Or Pierce Brosnan," minister Amber Rudd added.

Downing Street refused to deny that Mr Gove had made such a quip.

The Cabinet's exchange came amid a wider discussion about Mrs May's deal and plans for a no-deal exit. Ms Rudd warned colleagues that history would "take a dim view of a Cabinet that presses ahead with a no-deal".

This comes after Business Minister Richard Harrington warned on Monday night that he would "definitely" resign to stop a no-deal.

Actress Scarlett Johansson
Actress Scarlett Johansson

He also suggested on BBC's 'Newsnight' programme that others would join him.

Meanwhile, MPs have fired a warning shot across the government's bows as they backed an amendment intended to limit ministers' tax-raising powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Commons voted by 303 to 296 - a majority of seven - in favour of the cross-party amendment to the Finance Bill, tabled by senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Conservative former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan.

Irish Independent

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