David Davis lifted the lid on the moment to LBC, claiming it forced him to turn on his boss Boris Johnson and demand he steps away from the Conservatives during his fiery speech in the House of Commons. Mr Davis told Mr Johnson earlier this week “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing, in the name of God, go” which echoed an exchange between Sir Leopold Amery and Nevile Chamberlain in the Forties. Mr Davis said the outburst was made manifest by an unfortunate interview Mr Johnson had done several days prior to Prime Minister’s Questions.
Speaking to Tom Swarbrick on LBC, Mr Davis was asked what made him turn on Mr Johnson.
He explained: “Well, it’s quite a complex thought process, but the final trigger was his interview the day before… I said, you know, I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for their own actions.
“And the day before, he had effectively blamed his staff, he said they didn’t tell me that this was outside the rules or something like that.
“That’s in my view the reverse of proper leadership but behind all of that, is my fear that this is going to go on forever.
“When John Major came under pressure from his party they didn’t remove him and went to the most disastrous defeat in our party history.
“When Theresa May was under pressure, it took two years for her to go, we can’t stand that at the moment.
“I mean, truth be told, the country’s got threats in Ukraine, you’ve been just announcing in your news.
“There are other threats with respect to immigration and dealing with France, there’s a question of how we exploit Brexit, none of this can happen for as long as he the organisation is paralysed.”
Mr Davis turned on Mr Johnson during PMQs and added his name to an evergrowing list of rebellious Tories calling for his resignation.
Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, was interviewed by Channel 4 News on the event and said he respected Mr Davis but called him a “lone wolf” in his views.
Previously, Mr Rees-Mogg called Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross a “lightweight” when he made similar comments.
No10 are now awaiting the results of the inquiry led by senior civil servant Sue Grey who is expected to publish the findings this week.