Boris Johnson outlines final Brexit plan

Boris Johnson offered his vision for the future

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Boris Johnson is delivering his conference speech to the Conservative Party faithful with a pledge to “get Brexit done” because voters are “desperate” to focus on other issues.

The Prime Minister has once again promised to leave on October 31, despite recent legislation that would order him to ask for an extension should attempts to make a deal fail.

“Voters are desperate for us to focus on their other priorities - what people want, what leavers want, what remainers want, what the whole world wants - is to move on,” he said.

“That is why we are coming out of the EU on October 31. Let's get Brexit done - we can, we must and we will.”

British officials have said the Brexit proposals set to be sent to the European Union today would be the final offer from their side and if they are rebuffed it would trigger a no-deal Brexit.

There have been reports Mr Johnson plans to unveil a backstop alternative that would leave Northern Ireland in a relationship with Europe until 2025, however this has not been confirmed by the government.

But Ireland's deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney, said this was “concerning to say the least” and “no basis for an agreement”.

Mr Johnson’s conference speech clashes with Prime Minister’s Questions and he has been replaced by Dominic Raab to address the returned Parliament.

It has been a complicated party conference for the Prime Minister. He has had to contend with allegations he groped a journalist at a dinner in 1999 and has faced questions over an alleged affair with an American businesswoman.

On Tuesday the conference was locked down after senior MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown was involved in a clash with security.

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