I'll make United Kingdom 'match fit' for no-deal Brexit

Elias Hubbard
July 8, 2019

Boris Johnson has insisted he is not bluffing over his commitment to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union on October 31 - with or without a deal.

Nigel Farage offers Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson advice on getting no-deal Brexit through Parliament.

Asked if his commitment to the October 31 deadline was a bluff, Mr Johnson said: 'No... honestly.

"And to learn English", Johnson said.

Mr Johnson said he believes that even with a no-deal scenario, the United Kingdom will continue to prosper.

"The choice on this election isn't actually between our approach to no-deal, it's who is the candidate who is most likely to negotiate a deal so that we don't have those hard decisions to take", he said.

He restated his promise to protect the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom and to put the £39bn divorce settlement in a state of "creative ambiguity" to use as leverage to secure another deal.

Discussions about the thorny issue of the Irish border would be put into the talks on the future trading relationship under his plan. "If our friends feel they can not agree, then we will be match fit for no deal", he said.

Former Brexit minister Dominic Raab threatens to suspend the parliament if failing to get support for a no-deal exit.

Mr Johnson also signalled that the United Kingdom would be prepared to tear up red tape and slash taxes.

Speaking on the BBC's Pienaar's Politics programme, he said: "We are going to have in the course of the next24 hours an important bill on Northern Ireland".

Johnson, the frontman for the Vote Leave campaign, said he felt a "deep sense of personal responsibility for Brexit", adding: "This is it". And we will be ready by October 31.

In the Daily Mail interview, Mr Johnson also sought to buttress his law and order credentials with a commitment to ensure that serious sexual or violent offenders serve out their full sentences rather than being released at the halfway point, as at present.

The leadership frontrunner has argued the case for people going straight into the workforce after school as he pledges to boost funding for further education colleges and apprenticeships.

This comes as the Tory MP Sam Gyimah said he believes that more than 30 Tory MPs are set to vote against a no-deal Brexit.

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