No Deal threat from Boris: Tory favorite says it's time to put Brexit to bed and we WILL be leaving by October 31, launching his offer to replace Theresa May as PM
- Boris Johnson said it was time to put Brexit to bed & # 39; during leadership
- He is the first favorite, but represents a growing & # 39; Stop Boris & # 39; campaign of MPs
- Former Minister of Foreign Affairs ruled out further delays after the end of October
Boris Johnson promised yesterday that he would take the country out of the EU in October – with or without an appointment.
When his fieldwork leader only announced a few hours after Theresa May announced her departure, the former Foreign Minister said it was time to put Brexit to bed & # 39 ;.
Johnson is the first favorite to take over, but he faces a growing & # 39; Stop Boris & # 39; campaign of MPs who are against him. At an economic conference in Switzerland, he ruled out further delays after the end of October when the last extension expires. He said: & # 39; We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal. & # 39;
A few hours after Theresa May announced her departure, he pitched his pitch, the former foreign minister said it was time to put Brexit to bed & # 39;
But Mr. Johnson is in danger of becoming a hostage because he may be forced to hold a general election to keep his promise.
Dominic Grieve had threatened yesterday that he and other Tory MPs could help to sink a Johnson-led government that didn't pursue a deal.
Mr. Johnson said he did not want or thought No Deal would be the outcome, but believed that being ready to walk away from negotiations was the only way to reach compromises from Brussels.
Dominic Grieve had threatened yesterday that he and other Tory MPs could help to sink a Johnson-led government that didn't pursue a deal
& # 39; The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a No Deal. To get things done, you have to be prepared to walk away, & he added. & # 39; There is a real incentive for both parties to find a solution, otherwise there could be long-term bitterness. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson claimed that politicians are the & # 39; positives & # 39; of the Brexit and added: & # 39; The biggest threat to British prosperity is not the Brexit, the biggest threat is Jeremy Corbyn. The job of our next leader in the UK, he or she, is to properly leave the EU and put the Brexit to bed.
& # 39; And to ensure that we have an exciting, dynamic, but also socially motivated conservatism that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labor Party can see. & # 39;
The Tories are planning to select their new leader by the end of July, leaving him or her only three months to negotiate changes to Ms. May's Brexit deal before October 31.
An additional difficulty is that the EU may not have appointed a new European Commission by that time.
Johnson refused to give more details about his plans than to say: & # 39; A new leader has the opportunity to do things differently and has the momentum of a new administration.
The Tories are planning to select their new leader by the end of July, leaving him or her only three months to negotiate changes to Mrs May's Brexit deal before October 31
& # 39; I do not want to elaborate on what I am going to do and how we are going to do it, but believe me that you may be hearing more about it than you would necessarily want in the next few days. & # 39;
Earlier, Mr. Johnson, who resigned from Ms May's cabinet last July, thanked her for her & # 39; stoic service & # 39; to our country and the party.
Johnson is the leader among Tory members, but many MPs have reservations about his suitability for the top job.
Grieve told LBC: & I personally have serious doubts about Boris Johnson's ability to be prime minister. I should consider my position very carefully because I would find it very difficult to accept his leadership. & # 39;
The former Attorney General later told Sky News: & # 39; If the idea of No Deal on Halloween is becoming an increasingly popular option, people should face the fact that the Halloween party might not be in the government to make it happen. to deliver. It is just as serious as that. & # 39; Scotland's Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted yesterday: & # 39; The fact that Boris Johnson is a serious proposition as prime minister is proof that the Tories have abandoned their senses.
& # 39; Nothing – apart from Brexit of course – has done more to destroy the UK's worldwide reputation in the past three years than its risky tenure as a foreign secretary. & # 39;
Mr. Johnson raised over £ 130,000 for his leadership offer. Over the past few days, he has had meetings with Tory MPs, trying to convince them that he should be their next leader.
Andrew Pierce & # 39; s leadership guide: page 10-11
Now Hunt throws a hat in the ring
Foreign Minister Minister Hunt hinted that he would join the race to replace Mrs. May as Tory leader while delivering a speech in his constituency in Surrey
Senior Tories wasted no time entering the race to replace Theresa May yesterday – with Jeremy Hunt and party shop steward Graham Brady leading a No. 10 scramble.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is also expected to announce his candidacy today, while former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will reveal his intentions tomorrow.
Foreign Minister, Hunt, hinted that he would join the race to replace Mrs. May as Tory leader while delivering a speech in his constituency in Surrey.
& # 39; I will place the announcement on my own candidacy at the right time & # 39 ;, he told his local newspaper the Farnham Herald.
& # 39; I think this is a day to remember Theresa May and her duty, her sense of public service, the fact that she has done an incredibly difficult job with tremendous integrity and I think this is what people in it whole country today will think. & # 39;
Sir Graham revealed his plan to succeed Mrs. May when he met her on Downing Street to agree on her departure schedule. The influential backbencher stepped down as chairman of the Tory committee in 1922 last night and confirmed that he was considering becoming a candidate.
A source said there was an awkward moment when Sir Graham revealed his intentions when he met Mrs. May, her chief of staff Gavin Barwell, and Tory Chairman Brandon Lewis.
In his role as President of 1922, Sir Graham should play a role in determining the rules of the leadership competition before organizing the votes of Tory MPs. Last night he released a statement revealing that he had resigned from his position so that he could take polls from colleagues about whether or not to launch a leadership offer. In recent weeks, Sir Graham has acted as an intermediary between Downing Street and Tory backbenchers. Some members of the 1922 executive committee, of which he is chairman, had threatened to change the leadership rules to expel Mrs. May if she did not agree to resign.
One minister last night accused him of & # 39; an abuse of his position & # 39; by working together to take over, while he had the responsibility to agree with Mrs. May when she would stop.
As committee chairman of 1922, Sir Graham was responsible for counting the letters of no confidence in the prime minister that led to a leadership task in December.
In January, he presented the so-called Brady change to the Brexit deal, calling for the controversial Irish backstop to be replaced by & # 39; alternative arrangements & # 39 ;.
Sir Graham was a shadow education minister and then shadowed the minister of Europe, but stopped protesting in 2007 against David Cameron's attitude towards high school.
The self-proclaimed & # 39; grammar school martyr & # 39; joined the party as a 16-year-old to campaign to support selective education. He has been chairman of the committee since 1922 since 2010.
Mr. Hancock will be interviewed this morning about his plans in the Radio 4 & # 39; s Today program, while Mr. Raab will appear tomorrow at the Andrew Marr show of the BBC.
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