Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a defiant tone this afternoon as he addressed new police recruits in West Yorkshire.
He shrugged off recent Parliamentary setbacks and resignation of his brother Jo Johnson in what was a clear attempt to refocus the agenda on his domestic priorities. He admitted he “hates” talking about Brexit as he laid heavy stress on the importance he places on supporting the police and the Governments initiative to recruit 20,000 new police officers.
However, he could not escape Brexit. In a blistering remark, he said in response to a question from a Sun journalist he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than go to Brussels to ask for another extension to Article 50 which he deems “pointless”.
It is fair to say that Johnson was showing some signs of the emotional toll that the resignation of his brother must have taken on him. However, he plowed through the conference until right at the end a new recruit in the background appeared to faint which he used as his que to draw proceedings to an end.