Boris Johnson warned today that politicians & # 39; the challenge & # 39; must enter into Brexit at all costs for Halloween – and say that the country & # 39; in despair & # 39; is at the impasse.
The former foreign minister finally came out of his bunker to launch his leadership bid, furious that a & # 39; big country & # 39; was abandoned by the & # 39; swamp & # 39; in Westminster.
He warned that the Tories were the & # 39; bucket & # 39; will kick and open the door for Jeremy Corbyn to come to power unless they counter the threat from Nigel Farage by following the 2016 referendum result.
At an event in Westminster packed with his MP support – and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds – Mr. Johnson also rejected his concern that he was susceptible to blunder and lacked the discipline to be a good prime minister. He said he would never be afraid of some & # 39; plaster from the ceiling & # 39; shake by speaking & # 39; directly & # 39 ;, and he said the public hates that politicians & # 39; mute their language & # 39 ;.
Mr. Johnson, however, avoided asking him if he had ever done anything illegal, with a joke that he might not always have kept the speed limit.
He also hid away if he had used cocaine in the past – something that threatened to destroy Mr. Gove's campaign. & # 39; I think most people in this country want us to focus on what we can do for them and this great country, & # 39; he said.
In a passionate speech, Mr. Johnson said that the & # 39; dynamism & # 39; of the British people meant that the economy was still booming.
But he added: & # 39; We cannot ignore the swamp in Westminster where parties have entered a yellow box junction, unable to move forward or backward, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Now it's time to unite this country and unite this society …
& # 39; After two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on 31 October. And we have to do better than the current payout agreement. & # 39;
Johnson said he didn't think No Deal would happen – but it had to stay on the table. & # 39; This is a great country and we will rise to the challenge & # 39 ;, he added.
He said there was a sense of & # 39; overwhelming relief & # 39; would be if the departure from the block had been closed.
Johnson is the favorite of choice to win the Theresa May race on Downing Street – despite rivals such as Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove accusing him of adopting a & # 39; submarine & # 39; strategy to avoid criticism.
Today's press conference was the first time he had asked questions from journalists.
The extent of the challenge Johnson is facing to keep his Brexit promise will be underlined this afternoon, when MPs cast a vote to kill No Deal.
Speaker John Bercow caused a furore by bending the parliamentary rules to allow a motion by Labor with mutual support. It would seize control of the government's Commons activities at the end of this month, so that a law could be adopted that would prevent the UK from leaving the EU without an agreement.
Formally launching his campaign in Westminster today, Boris Johnson said there was & # 39; despair & # 39; across the country failing to deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum
Mr. Johnson raged that a & # 39; great country & # 39; was abandoned by the & # 39; swamp & # 39; in Westminster
The launch event was packed with the MP backers of his Mr. Johnson – and his 31-year-old girlfriend Carrie Symonds (right) was seen to watch
Ten MPs are voting while Tory MPs are preparing to vote on who will be their next leader
In addition to Mrs. Symonds in today's audience were a large number of senior Tories – including cabinet ministers such as Geoffrey Cox, James Brokenshire and Liz Truss, as well as influential Eurosceptics Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker.
Mr Johnson was introduced by the booming voice of Mr Cox, who insisted that it was time for a new approach to politics. He said that Mr. Johnson would ensure & # 39; full self-government outside the EU & # 39 ;.
The movement to deprive the parliamentary activities of the government has the support of the former minister of Tory Cabinet Sir Oliver Letwin, as well as all Liberal Democrats, SNP and the Greens.
The international minister for development cooperation, Rory Stewart, said that he supported Parliament's efforts to block No Deal, but later said he would not vote for it after being warned that he could pay for the bags.
The move follows an extraordinary decision by Mr. Bercow to allow Labor to submit a business motion by Commons, which would normally be the domain of the government.
How is the fight against the leader of Tory going?
THURSDAY JUNE 13
This will be another critical day, because the first vote will take place.
Anyone with fewer than 16 votes is automatically eliminated and at least one is deleted.
THURSDAY JUNE 19
Further voting will take place in June, until there are only two candidates left at the moment.
They then go to a run-off vote of the 160,000 Tory members.
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The winner must be announced this week.
They will take over from Mrs. May as prime minister shortly thereafter – probably in time to hold a PMQ session before the Commons fails for his summer break.
Mr. Johnson's status as a leader was boosted today as a poll predicted that he could win a majority of 140 seats in a general election.
The ComRes investigation for the Telegraph identified him as the only candidate who could beat both Jeremy Cobryn on the left and Nigel Farage on the right.
In the run-up to tomorrow's first voting round, Johnson has supported nearly double the number of public commitments by colleagues like rivals, Mr. Gove and Mr. Hunt.
Mr. Johnson said today that any further delay after the current Halloween Halloween Article 50 deadline & defeat & # 39; means for the Tories at the next election.
He said the Brexit will never be delivered if members of parliament give the & # 39; slightest hint that we want to continue looking at the road & # 39; while adding in his campaign launch speech: & # 39; Delay means a defeat.
& # 39; Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson said that his preferred solution is to negotiate a new Brexit deal with the EU, but at the heart of his campaign is that Britain will leave the EU with or without a deal before October 31 – something his critics say that it is not possible to guarantee.
But today's launch promises to be turbulent because it's the first time Mr. Johnson has been confronted with ongoing questions from reporters for months.
There were claims today that business leaders are deeply concerned about the prospect of getting the keys to Downing Street after he & # 39; f *** business & # 39; had whistled when asked about their Brexit concerns last year.
Mrs May warned the cabinet yesterday that Parliament would never allow her successor to leave Britain without a deal.
During a difficult meeting of her top team, the departing prime minister said: & There were so many, if not more, people on the Stop No Deal side like there were in the ERG (a group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs) dealing with mine. My successor gets the same problem. & # 39;
A senior Tory accused Mr. Bercow, who has spoken against Brexit in the past, of & # 39; constitutional vandalism & # 39 ;.
But his decision means asking MPs to vote today on a Commons motion that would give pro-remaining MPs control over the parliament's timetable on 25 June. Labor said that parliamentarians would then have the chance to introduce legislation that could prevent the UK from crashing out of the EU without a deal & # 39 ;.
The expectation is that the legislation will focus on excluding the possibility of suspending Parliament from defeating No Deal, which is led by leading contenders Dominic Raab and Esther McVey. But a Tory source who was involved in the move last night said further legislation would follow if a new prime minister tried to pursue a No Deal Brexit.
Johnson & # 39; s brother Jo and father Stanley were ready to see him make his big throw for the keys of Downing Street
Johnson was very animated during his speech until the launch in Westminster today – waving his hands around and gesturing to hammer his points home.
During the launch, Johnson avoided questions about whether he had violated the law or used cocaine in the past
Boris Johnson (photo of today at the launch of the campaign) swears to adhere to the deadline for the October 31 Brexit and says & # 39; delay means Corbyn & # 39;
Former cabinet minister Priti Patel was one of the MP carriers at the launch of the Johnson campaign
Treasury chief secretary Liz Truss (left) and senior backbench Brexiteer Steve Baker were also at the launch today
Former defense secretary Gavin WIlliamson (photo) coordinates Mr Johnson's charm offensive in Parliament and was at the launch today
Jeremy Hunt today organized his own photo call with supporters in Westminster when Mr Johnson held his launch
The source said: & # 39; We will start pronouncing the pro rata Parliament, but on a larger level it shows that the Parliament will block No Deal.
& # 39; We flex our muscles to remind Boris and others that they cannot do this. & # 39;
The initiative is based on Labor & Yvette Cooper's successful bid earlier this year to change the law and forced Ms. May to seek an extension of Article 50 instead of leaving without an agreement.
How would the Remainer plan work?
Normally only the government can submit business motions in the Commons.
But speaker John Bercow has bent the rules to allow Labor to make a motion in their Opposition Day, with support from other parties.
If it were put to the vote this afternoon, the plan would take control of Parliament's timetable on 25 June.
On that date, MPs can propose legislation to instruct the government on how to tackle the Brexit process.
Initially, those remaining say that this law would be limited to preventing the Commons from being suspended to prevent No Deal from being blocked at the end of October – as some Tory leaders have suggested.
However, rebels have made it clear that they will go further if a prime minister tries to get the UK out of the bloc without a deal.
That bid was successful with only one vote. But a rebel source insisted that & # 39; easily enough & # 39; Conservative MPs were to push this through.
The former foreign minister, Nick Boles, has said he will fly back from abroad to support the bid.
The move is also embarrassing for Mr Gove, who counts Sir Oliver as his leading supporters. Gove evening Mr Gove described the proposals as & # 39; plans by Labor & # 39; and promised to & # 39; resist them & # 39 ;.
He said: "Although I would rather leave the EU with a better deal, we should not exclude No Deal. If it was ultimately a choice between No Deal and no Brexit, I would opt for No Deal.
& # 39; Labor's plans to get a grip on the Commons' company must be resisted. & # 39;
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer described the Tory debate on No Deal as & # 39; disturbing, ridiculous and reckless & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; we have seen candidates openly arguing for a harmful No Deal Brexit and even proposing to drag the queen into politics by asking her to close parliament to achieve this. & # 39;
The move came when ministers argued about Brexit at a meeting of the cabinet.
Head of Government Whip Julian Smith warned that Parliament could eventually prevent a No Deal exit and & # 39; all efforts & # 39; would use to do this.
Mr Barclay called for stepping up preparations for a potential No Deal Brexit in October, but was knocked down by Amber Roth, Secretary for Work and Pensions, who said that the money could be better spent on addressing priorities such as child poverty and education.
Boris & # 39; leadership offer increased with support from Brexit Secretary
Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay outside of Downing Street
Brexit secretary Steve Barclay weighed in behind Boris Johnson's leadership campaign last night when former Foreign Minister promised to get Britain out of the EU in October, no matter what.
Mr. Johnson will use his long-awaited campaign launch today to warn that the Conservative Party & # 39; the job will be right & # 39; if it does not deliver the Brexit before October 31.
The odds-on favorite to succeed Theresa May will warn that & # 39; delay & # 39; means a defeat.
Last night his campaign received a major boost with the support of Mr Barclay, the most important cabinet minister so far to support his bid for power.
Mr. Barclay, who is responsible for preparing the UK for a possible & # 39; No Deal Brexit & # 39 ;, said Mr. Johnson was in the best position to lead Britain out of the EU.
& # 39; As Brexit Secretary, I have seen first-hand what challenges the government has had to face to ensure that we respect the outcome of the referendum and leave the European Union, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We must leave on October 31 – any further delays will continue to break public confidence in not only our democratic system, but also the conservative party.
& # 39; We need a leader who delivers the Brexit and who has the ability to beat both Corbyn and Farage. We must also take advantage of Brexit's global opportunities and renew a sense of optimism in the potential that it offers. The best candidate to do that is Boris Johnson and he has my full support. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson, who has not had a public speech or broadcast since March 12, has been criticized by rivals for avoiding criticism, with Michael Gove accusing him of hiding in a & # 39; bunker & # 39 ;.
But he will break his silence this morning with a campaign launch in central London, where assistants said he would take media questions.
He will try to portray himself as the & # 39; unity & # 39; candidate, arguing that it is only possible to unite the country and the Tory party once the 2016 referendum judgment has been pronounced.
Critics have warned that Mr Johnson is running a collision course with Parliament by refusing to hear further delays at Brexit.
But today he warns that Britain will not get the best deal from Brussels if there is even a & # 39; smallest indication & # 39; is for delay. He will say: & # 39; Now is the time to unite this country and unite this society, and we cannot begin that task until we have made the primary request of the people; the only big thing they asked us to do. After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on 31 October.
& # 39; We just get no result if we give the slightest indication that we want to take it further. Delay means a defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.
& # 39; With every week and month that passes where we fail to deliver on our promise, I fear that we will not only alienate our natural supporters, but also anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises.
Mr Johnson has 69 public donors among MPs. He has managed to get support from both sides of the party, with pro-staying MPs nervous about his position on the Brexit, believing he has the best chance of preventing Jeremy Corbyn from ever winning the power.
Today, he will remind MPs that he has twice excluded Mr. Corbyn's ally Ken Livingstone to become mayor of London, saying: “We can't get them (Corbyn's Labor) anywhere near Downing Allow Street and I remind you that I was the last time for an emanation from that Marxist clique. I defeated him when the Conservatives left 17 points in London. And we can do it again. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson is expected to cast the vote in the first round of voting in the Tory leadership game of tomorrow.
Supporters are confident that he now has the momentum to reach the last two, which will be decided by MPs next week. Party members will then choose the leader.
But assistants, who have shielded him from the cameras, remain nervous that a single blunder can still break his campaign.
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