Published: Thu, June 13, 2019

Boris Johnson launches United Kingdom leadership bid amid calls from hecklers

Boris Johnson launches United Kingdom leadership bid amid calls from hecklers

The British government will instruct its lawmakers to vote against an attempt on Wednesday by the opposition Labour Party to seize control of parliamentary time to try and stop a no-deal Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said.

"I am the change candidate, Boris Johnson is yesterday's news", Mr Javid said.

Interior minister Sajid Javid agreed voters felt the Government was incompetent because of the failure to deliver Brexit but had a jibe at his rival as he launched his own leadership campaign.

"I believe I am now uniquely placed to lead our party and our country through the challenges that lie ahead", he said.

The Brexit deal has been delayed twice, during May's tenure the most recent deadline being October 31.

"I am a little bit concerned that some people in London seem to think that because the House of Commons failed to ratify that agreement that automatically means they are going to get a better one", he added.

He gave no specifics, but has previously said he would support the no-deal option over seeing no Brexit at all. He added, "Delay means defeat, delay means ruin".

Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Rory Stewart speaks during the launch of his campaign for the Conservative Party leadership, in London, Britain June 11, 2019.


"This is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block no-deal", Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said following the vote.

During a "One Nation" Conservative Party hustings in Parliament, leadership contender Matt Hancock described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite.

Brexiteers such as Dominic Raab and Esther McVey have said the priority must be honouring the 2016 referendum result and the United Kingdom should be prepared to accept no deal.

The move comes after a number of high-profile contenders for the Tory leadership said they would be prepared to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal if no new agreement had been reached by October 31.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said a no-deal Brexit would be "disastrous", telling MPs: "I think some of [the PM's] colleagues need reminding of that".

Mr Hancock said if Mr Corbyn became PM, the United Kingdom "could end up with the first anti-Semitic leader of a Western nation since the Second World War".

He said he did so not because he thinks that scenario would be "acceptable", but because by trying to take no-deal off the table "all I do is make the table longer".

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