BBC's Laura Kuenssberg reveals anti-Boris MPs now see PM as 'bulldozer' to destroy Corbyn

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Speaking on Brexitcast, the BBC editor argued those who failed to support Boris Johnson ahead of his appointment as Prime Minister have now come to the realisation the former London Mayor very capable of beating Jeremy Corbyn at the despatch box. Ms Kuenssberg claimed the Prime Minister’s first performance in the House of Commons on Thursday proved many of his critics he could “floor” the leader of the Labour Party week after week. 

She said: “As soon as he got into territory where he was responding to Jeremy Corbyn, he was like a bulldozer.

“He was like a bulldozer and that was the moment when some Tory MPs who are not that happy about him getting the job were like ‘Oh yeah, right. That’s why we picked him’.

“Because they think seeing that today is a kind of glimpse of what they believe shows that actually he will just be able to floor Jeremy Corbyn week after week.”

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However, despite gaining the support of some his opponents, Boris Johnson is already facing criticism by members of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory backbenchers.

ERG Deputy Chairman Mark Francois MP told BBC Newsnight any revival of the Brexit withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May which did not include the controversial backstop, would still not be acceptable.

It comes as Jacob Rees-Mogg was handed a key role in Mr Johnson’s new Government.

The arch-Brexiteeer and ERG chairman has been appointed Leader of the House of Commons.

The admission comes after Mr Johnson held his first address as Prime Minister in the Commons on Thursday.

He later stressed to Jean-Claude Juncker that the “abolition of the backstop” was required if a deal was to be reached, Downing Street said.

A Number 10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister today received a call of congratulation from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Prime Minister thanked the President for his message.

“On Brexit, the Prime Minister reiterated that he wants a deal, and will be energetic in pursuit of finding a way forward, but said the withdrawal agreement has been rejected three times by the UK Parliament and will not pass in its current form.

“The Prime Minister said that if an agreement is to be reached it must be understood that the way to a deal goes by way of the abolition of the backstop. The Prime Minister and the President agreed to stay in contact.”

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