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Tory MP offers 'superior' alternative to 'zero-chance' Chequers but supports May as PM

Nick Boles said Boris Johnson's attacks on Theresa May are "unfair and a bit derogatory

"WE can't get to Nirvana in one step," Conservative MP Nick Boles has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme as he set out his alternative to the Chequers plan for Brexit.

Mr Boles said his was "a much superior option" to the Chequers option, which he said now had "as close to zero" a chance of winning support from parliament.

"What I want is a plan that's workable," he added, not a "humiliation" by the EU.

Mr Boles said he did not support a change of leadership for the Tories.

"This is not the time to start monkeying around changing leader," Mr Boles told Today listeners.

Mr Boles said he backed the prime minister, despite telling listeners her Chequers plan was almost certain to fail and should be replaced with his.

He added Boris Johnson's attacks on Theresa May are "unfair and a bit derogatory".

David Davis has backed Theresa May to continue Brexit negotiations.

The former Brexit secretary also appeared to make a veiled attack on Boris Johnson, telling Good Morning Britain now is not the time for "personality politics".

Asked if it would be better if Mrs May stood down, Mr Davis said: "No, we don't need any more turbulence right now.

"What matters in all of this is not the personality politics, it's the outcome at the end."

Asked if he thought the Chequers deal was in tatters, Jeremy Corbyn said: "It sounds like it is and it sounds like Boris Johnson, having spent two years as Foreign Secretary, has achieved nothing and now says it's all off.

"Well surely, it's time for some serious people to take over the negotiations? The Tories have had two years since the referendum and made no progress at all."

Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the influential European Research Group of Tory MPs, said the Chequers plan was "certainly not" the best way forward.

Mr Rees-Mogg, in Brussels for the Brexit Select Committee's meeting with Michel Barnier, who yesterday said he was "strongly opposed" told Sky News there were "hundreds of suggestions" for the basis of a deal with the EU and "it's a question of choosing which of the many is the best".

"It is certainly not Chequers," he said.

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