Boris Johnson kicks off campaign for United Kingdom leadership

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2019

Outlining his own manifesto in central London, Johnson, the hot favorite to win the keys to 10 Downing Street next month, said Britain must prepare for a no deal outcome.

"I think there will be a symmetrical enthusiasm on the other side of the Channel about getting this thing done and moving forward", Johnson said airily.

"The canonical account of this event when I was 19 has appeared many many times and I think what most people in this country really want us to focus on in this campaign is what we can do for them", he said. "I will hit the ground running and engage in friendliest possible way with friends across channel".

"After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the European Union on October 31", he said as a heckler repeatedly yelled "Bollocks to Boris" from outside the Royal Academy of Engineering, just off The Mall in central London.

In a campaign video released on Tuesday, Mr Javid said he would bring a "fresh look" to the Conservative Party and was capable of healing the divisions caused by Brexit.

Asked if he could be trusted, Mr Johnson said he could.

Questioned about his comment that Muslim women in full face veils looked like "letter boxes", he said voters were alienated by politicians using "bureaucratic platitudes".

The Commons opposed the move by 309 votes to 298.

"Instead, we have witnessed candidates openly advocating a damaging no-deal Brexit and even proposing dragging the Queen into politics by asking her to shut down Parliament to achieve this".

During today's debate in the Commons, the Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said if it had succeeded it would have meant two members of Parliament, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Speaker John Bercow, being able to strip the government of its ability to control the business of the House of Commons.

He said: "For three times when the opportunity presented itself to me I have not voted for a deal, the last time in March I followed my party line that I would not support the deal that was put in front of me - and I made a mistake".

With the Labour-led motion only needing a relatively small number of Tory MPs to support it for success, Sir Bill, who supports Mr Johnson, was scathing about the involvement of Sir Oliver, who is backing Mr Gove in the leadership race.

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

"They would have to come back to Parliament and get the consent of MPs".

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