BORIS Johnson has admitted sacking 21 Tory MPs “grieved me deeply” as he plans to “build bridges” with the Brexit rebels.
The PM described the group as his “friends” days after he gave them the chop for defying him and voting for No Deal.
Boris has been blasted – on both sides of the house – for giving the MPs their marching orders.
Senior Tories have even suggested he ditches close aide Dominic Cummings who many blame for his cut-throat stance on the Rebels.
However, the PM showed signs of softening today and spoke of reaching out to the MPs in an effort to rebuild ties.
On the election trail in Scotland, he told Sky News: “I want to be very clear, it grieves me deeply. These are friends of mine and I’ve worked with them for many years.
“But we have to get Brexit done and we were being very clear about the risks we are running now in snarling up the process of leaving the EU, in parliament.
“Of course I’m going to reach out to those colleagues and try and find ways of building bridges.
Of course I’m going to reach out to those colleagues and try and find ways of building bridges.
“But I’m going to be clear we have to get Brexit done.
“That’s my message to my colleagues lets come together and get this over the line and unite the country.
“And get on and defeat labour opposition when they finally get the guts to have an election.”
Today’s attitude shift from Boris comes just a day after the fallout from his rebel cull saw his younger brother Jo Johnson quit as a Tory MP – citing “unresolvable tensions” over the PM’s Brexit policy.
The former Orpington MP, who had served his Boris’ cabinet, suggested his older brother was not acting “in the national interest”.
It followed a tense phone call between the close-knit pair on Wednesday night, in which Boris pleaded with Jo to reconsider.
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But Jo told the PM yesterday morning he had not changed his mind in a text message before making his decision public with a tweet that revealed he was also quitting politics altogether.
Announcing the news in a bombshell tweet yesterday morning, Jo said: “It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for nine years and to serve as a minister under three PMs.
“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension and time for others to take on my roles as an MP and Minister”.
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