April 2, 2019 / 7:24 PM / in 19 days

Brexit becoming "soft to the point of disintegration", says Johnson

FILE PHOTO: Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives a speech at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, Britain, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Yates

LONDON (Reuters) - Boris Johnson, who was a leading figure in the campaign to take Britain out of the EU, said Brexit was becoming “soft to the point of disintegration” after Prime Minister Theresa May asked to work with the opposition Labour party to secure an exit deal.

Johnson, who quit as Britain’s foreign minister over May’s handling of Brexit, said he was bitterly disappointed with her move on Tuesday and said the country was now likely to remain in a customs union with the European Union, a much softer form of Brexit.

“I think it’s very disappointing that the Brexit process has now been entrusted to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party, and I think that the result will almost certainly be, if Corbyn gets his way, that we remain in the customs union,” he told Sky News.

“Brexit is becoming soft to the point of disintegration.”

Reporting by Kate Holton and Alastair Smout; editing by Costas Pitas

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