JUST hours after a weeping Remainer May bowed-down to pressure from her own party and announced that she’d be standing-down as Conservative leader and Prime Minister on the 7th of June, the former eccentric foreign secretary and staunch Brexiteer declared he would take the UK out of the EU on the 31st October, whether or not a withdrawal agreement has been reached with Brussels.
The promise was welcomed by many, with The Spectator stating that Boris was ‘the only one who can now bury Brexit’ and get our departure from the EU finally over and done with.
The blonde-mopped Brexiteer didn’t hesitate to throw himself into the fray, telling an economic conference in Switzerland: “We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal. The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a no deal.”
He later added: “The job of our next leader has to be getting the UK properly out of the EU, putting Brexit to bed.”
Along with Mr Johnson, Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt (a REMAINER) also confirmed he would run for leadership of the Tory Party.
Unpopular Hunt said it was “only right that my party constituency should be the first to know”, the Farnham Herald reported him as saying at the Haslemere Festival in southern England.
Johnson however has already been installed as the bookie’s hot favourite to take over as prime minister in July, with one member of his campaign team saying that he was attracting support from MPs across the different wings of the party.
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