Boris Johnson launches Tory leadership bid with pledge to end Brexit 'morass'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 13, 2019

This includes some of them refusing to rule out proroguing parliament in order to force the UK's European Union departure on October 31, with Sir Keir arguing the Opposition was trying to "make sure parliament can not be locked out".

"It is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no-deal", he said.

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

"Around the country there is a mood of disillusion, even despair, at our inability to get things done", he said.

Mr Johnson, who is the clear front-runner in the leadership race, had to fend off a series of reporters' questions about his past character and record in office.

He acknowledged that his use of language - such as his description of Muslim women who wore the burka as letter boxes - sometimes resulted in "some plaster coming off the ceiling".

The Commons voted by 309 to 298 to defeat a cross-party motion which would have given MPs control of the business of the House on June 25.

Prominent Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash strongly attacked supporters of the move, who include Tory former minister Sir Oliver Letwin, plus the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens.

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

If the motion had passed, it would have given opponents of a no-deal Brexit the chance to table legislation to rule out the United Kingdom leaving without any agreement on the October 31 deadline.

The result was greeted with cheers from the Conservative benches.

"I believe the latter of those two principles is the weightier one, the one we should be bearing in mind as we vote today", he said.

British lawmakers on Wednesday defeated an attempt led by the opposition Labour Party to try to block a no-deal Brexit by seizing control of the parliamentary agenda from the government.

Some of those absent MPs said that they had been involved in a pairing scheme to ensure their support was still counted, but could not be present due to other parliamentary commitments, including committee trips.

A no-deal Brexit could happen, with multiple of the Tory leadership candidates aiming to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister open to the scenario, although many say it's not preferred.

"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.

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

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