No. 60 Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson says there can be no further Brexit delay

12 June 2019
Tory leadership: Boris Johnson says there can be no further Brexit delay

Boris Johnson has warned any further delay to Brexit will spell disaster for the Conservatives ahead of the launch of his leadership campaign. He will tell supporters the UK must leave on 31 October and any more "can kicking" will mean defeat for the party at the next general election. He will say his two election victories as London mayor mark him out as the person most able to beat Jeremy Corbyn. Home Secretary Sajid Javid will also make his pitch to MPs on Wednesday. In a campaign video released on Tuesday, Mr Javid said he would bring a "fresh look" to the Conservative Party and was capable of healing the divisions caused by Brexit. Mr Javid has won the backing of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who will introduce him at Wednesday's event. ◾Brexit: Where do Conservative leadership candidates stand? ◾Leadership rivals split over Brexit deadline ◾Johnson pledges higher rate income tax cut The two men are the last of the 10 candidates in the contest to officially launch their campaigns ahead of Thursday's first ballot of Tory MPs. Mr Johnson is regarded as the frontrunner in the contest, with many more endorsements from Tory MPs than any other candidate. Presentational grey line Who will replace Theresa May? Tory leadership candidates The winner of the contest to lead the Conservative Party will become the next prime minister. ◾Who will replace May? ◾BBC to host Tory leader TV debates Presentational grey line Mr Johnson has kept a low profile in the race to succeed Theresa May so far, his only significant intervention being a pledge - immediately criticised by his rivals - to cut income tax bills for people earning more than £50,000 a year. 'Delivering on promises' At Wednesday's launch, the former foreign secretary - who quit over Theresa May's Brexit policy - will suggest he would take the UK out of the EU by the revised deadline of 31 October. But meanwhile Labour has tabled a cross-party motion to stop a no-deal Brexit being pushed through. It plans to force a vote on Wednesday to give MPs control of the timetable on 25 June so MPs would be able to introduce legislation to avoid a no-deal scenario. In contrast Mr Johnson will say: "After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31. "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. Sajid Javid speaking at a book launch in WestminsterImage copyright EPA Image caption The home secretary said his career is a testament to hard work and the support of family "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." Several of Mr Johnson's rivals, including Rory Stewart and Matt Hancock, have said they would not countenance leaving the EU at all without some form of legally-binding agreement because of the economic disruption it would cause. Timeline of Tory leadership contest Others, including Michael Gove and Mark Harper, have indicated they would be prepared to seek a further extension from the EU to finalise a better deal. Brexiteers such as Dominic Raab and Esther McVey have said the priority must be honouring the 2016 referendum result and the UK should be prepared to trade with the EU on World Trade Organization terms if necessary while it negotiates a future trade deal. Mr Johnson will suggest the huge task of uniting the country can only begin once the UK has left the EU and government has delivered on the "one big thing" asked of it by the public. And he will warn his party it will "kick the bucket" if it goes into the next election having failed to carry the mandate given to it by the British people. "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." Mr Johnson ran for the leadership in 2016 but pulled out before the first round of voting after Mr Gove, who was at the time his campaign manager, withdrew his support, questioning his aptitude and appetite for the job. Presentational grey line On Tuesday 18 June BBC One will host a live election debate between the Conservative MPs still in the race. If you would like to ask the candidates a question live on air, use the form below. It should be open to all of them, not a specific politician.

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