British PM front-runner Johnson says he doesn't want no-deal Brexit

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2019

The efforts to avoid a no-deal Brexit come from comments made by Conservative Party candidates hoping to succeed Theresa May as prime minister that they will not delay Brexit beyond the now scheduled date of October 31.

The United Kingdom has already postponed its exit from the European Union on two occasions and Johnson said: "After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the European Union on October 31".

Mr Johnson insisted he doesn't want a no deal Brexit, but would prepare "vigorously and seriously" to leave without one.

They have been making their pitch to the small electorate of 318 Conservative MPs who will vote in the first of the two-phase election, to be followed by party members voting on final two candidates; the result is due in week beginning July 22.

The Brexit deal has been delayed twice, during May's tenure the most recent deadline being October 31. "I think it will be very hard for friends in Parliament to obstruct the will of the people and simply to block Brexit", Mr Johnson said.

Mr Johnson added: "Let me be clear that I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome".

He added: "MPs can not be bystanders while the next Tory prime minister tries to crash the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal and without the consent of the British people".

"Around the country there is a feeling of disillusion and even despair at our ability to get things done".

He warned failure that to honour the referendum vote risked handing power to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour at the next general election.

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At his launch event, Mr Johnson had to fend off a series of reporters' questions about his past character and record in office.

Referring to his record as mayor of London, he said: "I do what I promise to do as a politician".

Questioned on his trustworthiness, using cocaine and breaking laws, Johnson's performance was marked by less-than-usual wit, jokes and the use of rarely used words - it was "spectacularly dull", as some called it - but he came out flying, answering potentially embarrassing questions.

Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson speaks during the launch of his campaign in London, Britain June 12, 2019.

"No-deal can not be imposed on the country or on Parliament and we will find mechanisms to make sure that doesn't happen", a senior party source said.

Labour said that if passed, the motion, though binding, would not in itself legislate to prevent a no-deal.

"On that date I should have voted for a deal".

Gareth Snell said he should have backed the agreement when it was put before the Commons for a third time, adding he would support a deal in future.

But, if they can not break the political deadlock in parliament, a general election may be inevitable.

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