Boris Johnson: ‘I hate banging on about Brexit’

Mr Johnson spoke in Yorkshire today

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Prime Minister has continued to push for a general election in a speech made today, saying he wants to “give the country a choice”.

Boris Johnson said he will do “everything I possibly can” to take Britain out of the European Union by the October 31 deadline but blamed Parliament for voting to “effectively scupper” negotiations.

Yesterday MPs passed a Bill aimed at preventing a no deal withdrawal by demanding another extension if an exit deal has not been agreed by Halloween.

The PM said he “would rather be dead in a ditch” than ask for another Brexit delay.

Following the passing of the Bill, he attempted table a motion for an early general election on October 15 - ahead of an upcoming summit in Brussels - but this was also thwarted by MPs.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would only back a general election when he was sure that no deal was off the cards.

Speaking at the launch of his government's police recruitment programme in Yorkshire, Mr Johnson apologised for bringing up the “painful subject” of Brexit.

He said an election was necessary to allow the public to decide on whether to ask for a Brexit extension.

“I hate banging on about Brexit, I don’t want to go on about this anymore and I don’t want an election at all but frankly I don’t see any other way."

He continued: “Do you want this government to take us out on October 31 or do you want Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party to go to that crucial summit in Brussels on October 17, effectively hand over control to the EU and keep us in the beyond October 31?

“I think it’s a no-brainer.”

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