BORIS Johnson told his supporters yesterday midday that he is ‘not aiming for a no-deal outcome’ for Brexit.
Launching his campaign for the Tory leadership, he said of the EU crisis, ‘The longer it goes on the worse the risk.’
Sounding like a revamped version of ex-PM May, Johnson told his supporters, ‘I don’t want no-deal, but I think it is right to prepare for that outcome.’
He said of no deal, ‘The best way to avoid it is to prepare for it.’
He added that leaving no deal on the table was a ‘vital tool of negotiation’ and the UK ‘must do better than the current withdrawal agreement’.
The EU leaders will not be impressed by this posing.
The EU has said that there will be no renegotiation of the ‘Withdrawal Agreement’, and intend to call Johnson’s bluff.
Johnson warned his supporters: ‘Delay means defeat, delay means Corbyn,’ this was why the UK must leave the EU on 31 October.
Any further delay will ‘further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises’.
He warned of the need for a quick settlement saying any delay to Brexit will ‘further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises’.
He warned his party it would ‘kick the bucket’ if it went into the next election having failed to carry out the mandate given to it by the British people.
He stressed that his loyalty was to the ruling class.
He followed up his pledge to cut income tax bills for people earning more than £50,000 a year by praising the rich and powerful saying he was the ‘Champion of the wealth-creating sector’ meaning the big employers, and the bankers, definitely not the workers.
He added that he would continue ‘extolling free market capitalism’.
But there was no clarity on what his Brexit plan might be or what he might offer as part of a new deal that the EU would be prepared to negotiate on.