Boris Johnson's bid to become prime minister has experienced a few bumps in the road but he is still considered to be the favourite for the job.
He's now given his most clear indication that he would be willing to push through a no-deal by suspending parliament if a deal had not been reached by October 31.
However, he added that he is not attracted to that idea and hoped that the 'common sense' of MPs would prevail. Speaking at a Tory leadership hustings in Bournemouth on Thursday he said:
I’m not attracted to the idea of a no-deal exit from the EU but, you know, I think it would be absolutely folly to rule it out. I think it’s an essential tool of our negotiation.
I don’t envisage the circumstances in which it will be necessary to prorogue parliament, nor am I attracted to that expedient.
He would later go on to dismiss claims that a no-deal would put the British economy at risk and said that warnings from food industry experts were "nonsense."
The planes will fly, there will be drinking water whatever happens on November 1 in this country and there will be milk solids and glucose and whey for our Mars Bars. Where there’s a will there’s a whey.
Johnson's quote, although taken out of context, have gone viral on Twitter and he is being criticised for guaranteeing the British public the bare minimum come November.
"There will be drinking water, whatever happens on October 31st," says Boris Johnson. Such ambition.— Adam Bienkov (@Adam Bienkov) 1561659344
2016: "Brexit will improve your lives" 2019: "There will be water" https://t.co/BP6TND0HOm— James Felton (@James Felton) 1561709933
I take it all back. Brexit's going to be brilliant. https://t.co/2KdCo5zFka— James Oh Brien (@James Oh Brien) 1561709464
2016: "BREXIT WILL MAKE BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN" 2019: "YOUVE GOT DRINKING WATER WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT" https://t.co/hrkfK3OD4m— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) 1561710515
350 MILLIONS GALLONS OF DRINKING WATER https://t.co/N84rKqyjgS— Huw Lemmey (@Huw Lemmey) 1561728866
@AdamBienkov *DING DING* "There will be drinking water, whatever happens on October 31st," says @BorisJohnson https://t.co/0UCXz50Kqv— brexit_bus (@brexit_bus) 1561711478
@AdamBienkov @TinaWight2 Of course there will. Until 23.00.— Farley Davenport (@Farley Davenport) 1561665064
@AdamBienkov @ammacj Aye, England will be importing it from Scotland— Darktanyin🏴🇪🇺🇮🇹 (@Darktanyin🏴🇪🇺🇮🇹) 1561671573
Tune into the next leadership hustings where Boris Johnson will further his Brexit ambition by pledging to continue… https://t.co/pAI1f7MT1e— Graham Lithgow (@Graham Lithgow) 1561711479
Sunlit uplands... https://t.co/AjEkQHlmMc— RemainerNow (@RemainerNow) 1561723669
@AdamBienkov Well, I for one am relieved— Rachel Hawkins (@Rachel Hawkins) 1561724200
2016 - #Brexit = Sunlit uplands 2019 - #Brexit = We'll still have drinking water. Boris Johnson - "There will be… https://t.co/v5IBKfmdb1— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺) 1561714215
Drinking water, aye? Well, at least we won't be thirsty...
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