Theresa May: I don't want a cabinet of 'yes' men


Theresa May has insisted that weak leadership is having a Cabinet of "yes men" as speculation continued to rage about possible challenges to her position.

British Finance Minister Philip Hammond has said Prime Minister Theresa May and her all senior ministers are frustrated by the slow pace of Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

Mrs May was speaking ahead of a day in which the foreign secretary is due to deliver his key conference speech.

The Conservative Party conference, underway in Manchester, has been dominated by reports of Boris Johnson's Brexit vision.

Sources say the speech is 100% loyal to the prime minister and the Brexit agenda set out in her Florence speech last month, Norman Smith added.

It comes after Mr Johnson's recent interventions over Brexit appeared to be have been delivered without the authority of 10 Downing Street.

"Boris' position on these issues is well known".

Asked again on ITV whether he was too risky to move, May avoided any direct threat to sack him but stressed that "of course a prime minister makes decisions about who is in their cabinet".

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The prime minister told BBC Breakfast "leadership is about ensuring you have a team. of different voices around the table so you can discuss matters".

A post-Brexit transition period should last "not a second more" than two years after Britain formally leaves the EU, Johnson said. "I want to make sure I have a range of voices sitting around the table".

"I negotiate with them [the EU]".

On Europe, she said she backed an implementation period of about two years after the United Kingdom leaves in March 2019 but suggested that some changes could come into effect earlier if appropriate.

"Of course the Prime Minister is in charge, but the way we do things - as we did with our view on Brexit, as we do on other things - is to come together with a Government view and that Government view is then the view that people see", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Voters wanted ministers "to focus not on our own jobs, but on their jobs and their futures", she said.

The health secretary made the comments to the Guardian after being asked if he feared the foreign secretary was "looking at the top job".