Tory leader LIVE: The one thing Boris Johnson DIDN’T say on Brexit during rallying cry

Posted on Jun 12 2019 - 4:49pm by admin

Mr Johnson, launching his campaign to be Tory leader, said: “Now is the time to remember our duty to the people and the reasons for the Brexit vote.” The former Foreign Secretary also said it is not his intention to leave the European Union without a deal but it only responsible to plan for that scenario. Mr Johnson said: “After three years and two missed deadlines we must leave on October 31. I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome. I don’t think we will end up with any such thing. But it is only responsible to prepare for one.”

Mr Johnson was joined at the rally by a number of Tory officials including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith, Priti Patel, Steve Baker and Gavin Williamson.

The former Mayor of London stated now is the time to “unite the country” and leave the EU on October 31 or risk a Labour Government.

Mr Johnson added: “We simply will not get a result if we give the slightest hint that we want to go on kicking the can down the road with yet more delay.

“Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.

“With every week and month that goes by in which we fail to deliver on our promise I am afraid we will further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises.”

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Tory leader live: Boris Johnson has officially launched his leadership campaign (Image: GETTY)

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Tory leader live: Several Tory leadership hopefuls clashed in a cabinet meeting over Brexit funding (Image: GETTY)

He admitted he did not want a no-deal Brexit, but said the UK must prepare to show the EU it is serious.

However, he made no mention of the £39billion divorce bill, which he controversially said he would refuse to pay unless a better deal was offered.

Earlier ministers vying to succeed Theresa May were at odds with the Treasury following a dispute over departmental funding in preparation for a no deal Brexit.

Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, was understood to be furious with the chancellor Philip Hammond, after he requested an extra £1.2 billion to protect Britain’s borders forces.

One cabinet source told The Times: “The real danger is that we could end up being less prepared in October than we were in March.”

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Tory leader live: Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay has pledged his support for Mr Johnson (Image: GETTY)

1.45pm update: Hard Brexit is ‘inevitable’ under Boris, says Tory MP

A Tory MP has said that a “hard Brexit” would be inevitable under leadership contender Boris Johnson – and publicly backed Jeremy Hunt to win the election and go “back to Brussels”.

Speaking to German newspaper Deutschlandfunk, prominent Tory MP Greg Hands said: “If no agreement passes through the British House of Commons, then there is no agreement, and the dangers of a hard Brexit are there, if there is no agreement.

“That’s why it’s in the interests of both. There will be damage on both sides if it comes to a hard Brexit. Under Boris Johnson, it looks likely right now – I’m against it – that there will be a hard Brexit.

“Boris Johnson is quite ready to leave the European Union without a deal. That means a huge change in British politics that should not be underestimated.”

READ MORE: Boris Johnson: Hard Brexit is ‘inevitable’ under Boris, says Tory MP

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Tory leader live: Boris Johnson did not mention the £39bn divorce bill (Image: AFP/GETTY)

1.00pm update: Ian Blackford brands Tory leadership race a ‘horror show’

SNP Westminster leader has condemned the race to succeed Theresa May at Prime Minister’ Questions.

Mr Blackford told the House of Commons: “The Tory leadership race is a horror show.”

The Remainer also called for an end to “no-deal madness” and asked Mrs May to support a Labour motion that would block a no-deal Brexit.

12.30pm: Rory Stewart MOCKS Boris following leadership bid

Rory Stewart wrote on Twitter: “On reflection I am beginning to think there are only 2 candidates who can beat Boris – me, and Boris himself.”

12.15pm update: Boris warns ‘MARXIST Corbyn is threat to Britain – he must be kept out of Downing St’

Boris Johnson took a huge swipe at Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing policies and his failure to tackle anti-Semitism.

Mr Johnson stated Mr Corbyn had an obsession with Marxist views inspired by Venezuela which posed a “real threat” to the future of the country.

Mr Johnson said: “I know the London Labour left. I have studied them in their ways.

“I know their obsessions with strange far-left Latin American caudillos with proto-Marxists views and a curious hostility to free speech.”

The former Mayor of London who himself announced a flagship Tax reform for those earning £80,000, said Mr Corbyn had a “nihilistic determination to hike taxes”.

He added: “And yet in Jeremy Corbyn we have a man who is far to the left of Ken Livingstone in his nihilistic determination to hike taxes to penal rates and attack wealth creation and private property and in his failure again and again to extricate anti-semitism.

“I’m afraid what he stands for is a real threat to our fundamental values and our way of life.

“I come to this fight as a proud Conservative and I believe in the innate decency in our country.”

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Tory leader live: Boris praised the ‘resilience’ of the British people (Image: AFP/GETTY)

11.55am: Lammy slams Johnson’s leadership credentials

David Lammy has slammed Boris Johnson’s claims he would unite the country and pointed to previous derogatory comments made by the former Mayor of London.

Labour MP for Tottenham also accused the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May of “shameless opportunism” and hit out at his refusal to entertain a second referendum.

He wrote on Twitter: “Boris Johnson says the UK must ‘have the guts’ to prepare for No-Deal Brexit. But he turns down countless debates, interviews and outright refuses to put it to the country in a PeoplesVote. This is not leadership, it is shameless opportunism that will cause permanent damage.”

He added: “Boris Johnson says with a straight face he will ‘unite this country and unite this society’. The same man who described black people as ‘piccaninnies’, mocked Muslim women as ‘bank robbers’ and peddled lies throughout the referendum. Britain deserves so much better than this.”

11.40am update: Boris warns of ‘loss of confidence’ in MPs by the public if Brexit not delivered

Boris Johnson has sympathised with the British public after parliament failed to deliver Brexit on time.

The former Foreign Secretary stated the political “crisis” has caused “a feeling of disillusion and even despair” from the public.

Mr Johnson said: “It is almost as if the commercial dynamism of the British people is insulating them from the crisis in our politics and yet we cannot ignore the morass of Westminster.

“Around the country there is a feeling of disillusion and even despair at our ability to get things done. The longer it goes on, the worse the risk that there will be serious contamination and a real loss of confidence.”

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Tory leader live: Boris says now is the time to ‘unite the country’ (Image: AFP/GETTY)

11.25am update: Boris fires dig at European Union over booming UK economy 

Boris Johnson could not risk a dig at Brussels after he praised the UK economy during the launch of his leadership bid. 

Mr Johnson said: “It’s a measure of the resilience of this country that since the vote to leave the EU, and in defiance of all predictions, the economy has grown much faster than the rest of Europe”

11.20am update: Boris warns Tories delay Brexit and risk Labour Government

Boris Johnson says now is the time to ”unite the country” and leave the EU on October 31 or risk a Labour Government.

Mr Johnson said: “We simply will not get a result if we give the slightest hint that we want to go on kicking the can down the road with yet more delay.

“Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.

“With every week and month that goes by in which we fail to deliver on our promise I am afraid we will further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises.”

11.18am update: Boris not aiming for no deal Brexit

Boris Johnson has stated it is not his intention to leave the European Union without a deal but it only responsible to plan for that scenario.

Mr Johnson said: “After three years and two missed deadlines we must leave on October 31.

“I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome. I don’t think we will end up with any such thing. But it is only responsible to prepare for one.”

11.15am update: Geoffrey Cox introduced Boris Johnson to the stage

Boris Johnson was introduced by a rousing speech by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox who stated the country needs someone with a “personality big enough strong enough and with imagination to rise to the historic challenge”.

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Tory leader live: Stanley Johnson, Priti Patel, and Iain Duncan Smith attend Boris’ campaign (Image: PA)

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Tory leader live: ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg also showed his support for Mr Johnson (Image: AFP/GETTY)

10.55am update: Leadership dropout urges contenders to be ‘straight with the public’

Sam Gyimah has urged Tory leadership contenders to be honest with the public if they wish to renegotiate Theresa May’s deal and insisted Article 50 will have to be extended.

The former minister who dropped out of the Conservative leadership race earlier this week, wrote on Twitter: “People are fetishizing the Oct 31 EU exit date, just like Theresa May did with 29th March.

“If contenders are serious about the renegotiations they are promising, then Brexit cannot be delivered by 31st. Better to be straight with the public now, than to stoke disillusion.”

10.50am update: Boris showers attendees with gifts at launch event

Attendees at the Boris Johnson launch even in Central London were offered “Boris bacon butties” and “Boris eggs Benedict”.

They were also invited to wear “Back Boris” badges inside the venue.

10.40am update: Five leadership hopefuls set to get through tomorrow’s vote

The field of candidates to succeed Theresa May is set to be cut in half with five Tory hopefuls facing the axe in the first round of voting tomorrow.

A Sky news poll has found Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid will proceed to the second ballot after receiving the backing of 16 other MPs.

According to the data Mr Johnson has the support of 74 MPs , 42 more than his closest contender Jeremy Hunt.

Michael Gove has 30 MPs, whilst has Dominc Raab 22, and Sajid Javid scraps through on 19.

As a result Matt Hancock 16, Mark Harper eight, Rory Stewart seven, Esther McVey six and Andrea Leadsom five are likely to be eliminated.

The data compiled the voting intentions of 218 of the 313 Tory MPs.

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Tory leader live: Michael Gove came top of a poll of business leaders for the Financial Times (Image: PA)

10.05am update: Boris shunned by business leaders who favour rival Gove

Boris Johnson has been handed a blow in his quest to succeed Theresa May after a Financial Times poll of leading executives found the majority supported his arch-rival Michael Gove.

The former Mayor of London’s hardline stance on Brexit is understood to be a concern for many major businesses.

Paul Manduca, chairman of Prudential a British Financial services company, described Mr Gove as the “obviously choice” to become next Tory leader and praised his “killer instinct”.

Whilst Dame Alison Carnwath, non-executive director of BP, said Mr Gove was “the most likely to find away forward” to avoid leaving the bloc without an agreement.

Brexit has created uncertainly for many businesses and Mr Johnson’s unpredictable character is understood to also be major fault.

Paul Drechsler, chairman of London first, said: “Whether Boris Johnson would become a good Prime Minister depends very much on which Boris turns up.”

9.45am update: Brexit in ‘real danger’ as leadership fight threatens exit plan

Tory leadership hopefuls were reportedly involved in a cabinet bust-up which has threatened to put Britain’s exit from the European Union in “real danger”.

Ministers vying to succeed Theresa May were at odds with the Treasury following a dispute over departmental funding in preparation for a no deal Brexit.

Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, was understood to be furious with the chancellor Philip Hammond, after he requested an extra £1.2 billion to protect Britain’s borders forces.

One cabinet source told The Times: “The real danger is that we could end up being less prepared in October than we were in March.”

Brexit Secretary, Steven Barclay, also warned Government planning could “drift” before the end of Article 50 on October 31.

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Tory leader live: Jo Swinson has branded candidates vying for no deal ‘irresponsible’ (Image: GETTY)

9.20am update: Lib Dem deputy hits out at ‘IRRESPONSIBLE’ Tory leadership contenders

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson has branded Tory leadership hopefuls “irresponsible” if they aim to pursue a no deal Brexit.

Ms Swinson who is seeking to succeed Sir Vince Cable next month, has also pledged her support to the cross-party motion to stop Britain exiting the EU without an agreement.

Ms Swinson wrote on Twitter: “No-deal would be a disaster, and it is irresponsible for Tory leadership candidates to pretend otherwise. That’s why I will be voting for the cross-party motion to stop no-deal.”

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Tory leader live: Sajid Javid will officially launch his campaign this afternoon (Image: EPA)

9.00am: Javid to finally officially launch leadership campaign – ‘We need tomorrow’s leader today’

Sajid Javid will be the last Tory leadership hopeful to launch his leadership bid later this afternoon.

The Home Secretary will pitch himself as the candidate who can deliver a “new kind of leadership” and someone who is in the job for the long-haul beyond Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Mr Javid is expected to say: “I believe now more than ever that this is a moment for a new kind of leadership and a new kind of leader.

“A leader is not just for Christmas, or just for Brexit.

“So we can’t risk going with someone who feels like the short-term, comfort zone choice.

“We need tomorrow’s leader, today.”

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Tory leader live: The 10 contenders vying to succeed Theresa May (Image: EXPRESS)

8.50am update: ‘Proven winner’ Boris can break Brexit impasse

Boris Johnson is a “proven winner” and the only person in the Tory leadership who can break the Brexit impasse, according to The Daily Telegraph columnist Philip Johnston.

The former Foreign Secretary also has the ability to win a general election as he can “appeal beyond the party’s heartlands”.

So far Tory leadership rivals have sparked their campaign as the alternative to the former Mayor of London, as Mr Johnson writes “he is the man to beat”.

In order to deliver on Brexit, Mr Johnston predicts the Tory frontrunner could forge an alliance with the face of Brexit Nigel Farage or go through with his idea to withhold the £39 billion divorce bill.

He wrote in his column: “I wouldn’t put it past Boris to do a deal with the Brexit Party leader. If he has any sense he will.”

He added: “It will need a big moment and a big person to break this logjam, one willing to do something that has not already been tried, like taking the £39 billion off the table.”

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Tory leader live: Boris Johnson is the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May (Image: AFP/GETTY)

8.30am update: Boris surges ahead of rivals – Sky News data reveals

Boris Johnson has more than double the support of his nearest challenger in the Tory leadership contest, analysis by Sky News has revealed.

The Former Foreign Secretary is understood to have the support of 74 MPs , 42 more than his closest contender Jeremy Hunt.

The rest of the field look certain to fight it out for the one remaining spot to challenge Mr Johnson when the shortlist is finally cut down to just two for Tory Party members to vote on.

Michael Gove commands the the support of 30 MPs, whilst has Dominc Raab 22, Sajid Javid 19, Matt Hancock 16, Mark Harper eight, Rory Stewart seven, Esther McVey six and Andrea Leadsom five.

The data compiled the voting intentions of 218 of the 313 Tory MPs.

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