Published: Fri, September 06, 2019

PM: I'd rather be dead in ditch than delay Brexit

PM: I'd rather be dead in ditch than delay Brexit

The Tory leader, who is facing open revolt in Parliament and within his own party after failing to rule out a no-deal Brexit, said he wanted greater access for United Kingdom businesses to sell their goods into America. On Wednesday, he failed to win the necessary support of two-thirds of MPs to hold early vote because the Labour Party abstained.

Meanwhile, there is a growing backlash in Johnson's Conservative party as the 21 rebel MPs, including former chancellor Philip Hammond and Winston Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames, were expelled from the party for supporting the no-deal Brexit bill.

The main choices on offer are Johnson's insistence on leaving the European Union on October 31, come what may, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's hard-left socialist vision, coupled with a promise of a fresh referendum with an option to stay in the EU.

"The prime minister would like to thank Jo Johnson for his service", a spokesperson from Johnson's office said in a statement.

He had not informed the Secretaries of State of the two departments he worked for, or officials in Downing Street.

The suggestion that his own brother no longer trusts him to act in the national interest is a heavy blow to Johnson, especially as opposition parties have been using the question of the prime minister's integrity as their justification for not agreeing to a general election. "I don't want to go on about this any more and I don't want an election at all".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday put aside his recent defeats to again call for a general election - insisting he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than ask for another delay for Brexit.

But fears of a general election before Brexit, which could still see such legislation overturned if Johnson won, could be capping sterling's gains amid continued market fears of Britain crashing out without a deal.


Already, the crisis has for three years overshadowed European Union affairs, eroded Britain's reputation as a stable pillar of the West and seen sterling twitch in tune to the probability of a "no-deal" exit.

"I don't think the prime minister has any intention of resigning".

Asked if Brexit would happen on October 31, Johnson's belligerent senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, a focus of many departing Conservative lawmakers' grievances, told Reuters: "Trust the people".

Johnson has also used the term to insult opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. But the feeling here is that he may have damaged his election prospects by exiling some of the heavyweights of the Conservative Party.

He once again ridiculed Corbyn for not challenging him for power.

Labour economy spokesman John McDonnell said the party wanted an election but was still deciding on whether to seek one before the October 31 Brexit deadline, or to wait until Parliament had secured a delay to Britain's departure from the bloc.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who manages government business in the House of Commons, said parliament would be asked again on Monday, after the blocking bill becomes law, to approve a snap election. The law will pass the upper house, the Lords, by Friday evening.

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