Allies of Boris Johnson tell the Daily Telegraph the issue of the Irish border is being used by “ultra-Remainers” in Westminster to thwart Brexit.

The foreign secretary is said to believe that several interventions in the last week – by figures including Sir John Major and Jeremy Corbyn – have been coordinated, as part of a plot to overshadow a key speech by Theresa May tomorrow.

The prime minister’s former adviser Nick Timothy – in his Telegraph column – accuses Brussels of “playing with fire” by risking the Northern Ireland peace process.

He calls on his former boss to remember her fall-back position: no deal is better than a bad deal.

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