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Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal wraps "a suicide vest around the British constitution" and hands the detonator to the European Union, former foreign minister Boris Johnson said in comments that drew strong criticism.

Mr Johnson attacked the £55.7 billion HS2 high-speed rail project, claiming its total cost would rise beyond £100 billion.

But Mr Johnson - who has also made headlines in recent days over his divorce from Marina Wheeler - appears unlikely to allow such rebukes to put an end to his public questioning of government policy.

"I think that we just need to be very focused on actually moving forward with the Chequers plan", Brokenshire said.

Former Army officer and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Tom Tugendhat graphically described the aftermath of a suicide bomb that had gone off near his office in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

His remarks have been condemned by several Conservative MPs.

Mr Baker said he was not advocating a change in leadership and said Tory critics of Chequers "do not want to be in a position of conflict with our own prime minister" and would give her "absolutely every support" in forging a free trade deal.

The Metro reports on the condemnation of Mr Johnson's "suicide vest" line from his Conservative colleagues.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wrote in the same paper that the country should back May and her plan.

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He said the column should mark the "political end of Boris Johnson". "We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500lb gorilla", he wrote.

He said comparing such an attack to the PM's plans "isn't funny", adding: "Some need to grow up". There is no justification for such an outrageous, inappropriate and hurtful analogy.

He said: "We have managed to reduce the great British Brexit to two appalling options: either we must divide the Union, or the whole country must accept EU law forever".

Mr Johnson, a strong supporter of Brexit, quit Ms May's government in July after rejecting her proposal for close economic ties with the bloc after the United Kingdom leaves next year.

"I think he says things as a public political figure which a lot of people are thinking, that most people dare not tread".

In a reference to the policies of President Trump, Mr Johnson said: The US now boasts economic growth rates far in excess of this country, at about 4.5%, and with record low unemployment.

Mr Grieve said that language used by Mr Johnson in the Mail on Sunday article was "entirely in character: crude but, for some, entertaining populist polemic".

Number 10 said it would not be drawn into discussing the private life of an MP, and issued a denial when asked if Downing Street had been involved in the creation or circulation of the Johnson dossier.

In what some have branded a distraction tactic, Johnson has since referred to the PM's Chequers deal as a "suicide vest".