The Prime Minister flew back from Munich at the weekend and waved a piece of paper to the waiting crowds.

“We, the German Chancellor and the British Prime Minister, met yesterday and are agreed in recognising that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe,” said Theresa May.

“Next I want to say that the settlement of the Boris Johnson problem, which has now been achieved, is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace.

This morning I had another talk with Chancellor Merkel and here is the paper which bears her name upon it as well as mine. I would just like to read it to you:

“‘We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.’”

The Prime Minister warned that “rigid institutional restrictions or deep-seated ideology” should not jeopardise the security of UK citizens.

“We must do whatever is most practical and pragmatic in ensuring our collective security, and if that means making Boris Johnson Viceroy of India to get him out of the country then that’s what I will do.”

The Prime Minister had one final message for the crowd.

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” concluded Mrs May.

“And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds, safe in the knowledge that I have achieved peace with honour and peace for our time.”

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