Thail Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai (L), british Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (2L) and others wait for a meeting on United Nations Reform at the UN headquarters on September 18, 2017 in New York City. AFP / Brendan Smialowski
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Some saw it as an attempt to force May's hand ahead of Friday's speech in Florence, when she will give an update on her plans and the progress of negotiations with the EU.Johnson was a leading voice for Brexit in last year's referendum and has long been tipped for the top job.Johnson has been silent on domestic issues for several months, but a number of newspaper articles last week suggested he was disgruntled with the progress of Brexit.Johnson argued against paying for continued access to Europe's single market – a possibility other ministers have left open.The head of the independent U.K. Statistics Authority, David Norgrove, publicly rebuked Johnson for a "clear misuse of official statistics," saying the figure confused gross and net contributions.
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