Boris Johnson called a snap December election to break the Brexit deadlock that he says has paralysed Britain for more than three years. He has described the election as “the most important in a generation”.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson at an event launching the Conservative Party’s general election campaign in Birmingham, on November 6, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
- Let’s get Brexit done: UK PM Boris Johnson to voters
- Johnson feels deadlock has paralysed Britain
- Says will begin passing deal through parliament straight away if re-elected
Johnson, who spoke at a campaign rally in Birmingham on Wednesday, said that if re-elected he would begin passing his Brexit deal through parliament straight away “so we get Brexit done in January and we put the uncertainty behind us.”
Johnson, 55, called a snap December 12 election in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock that he says has paralysed Britain for more than three years and had started to undermine confidence in the world’s fifth largest economy.
“Let’s get Brexit done, my friends, and get on with our project of sensible, moderate, but tax-cutting one-nation Conservatism,” he said at the Birmingham rally.
Thank you Birmingham! Tomorrow I’ll hit the campaign trail and pitch our positive plan to get Brexit done and unleash Britain’s potential pic.twitter.com/kFRe8EKhDr
Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 6, 2019
At the start of the campaign, Boris Johnson’s Conservatives enjoy a lead over the opposition Labour Party of between 7 and 17 percentage points, though pollsters warn that their models are wilting beside the Brexit furnace.
Johnson hopes he will win a big enough majority in parliament to get the Brexit deal he agreed with Brussels last month ratified and lead Britain out of the European Union in January.
He said the alternative was an unstable coalition led by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn that would bring a “horror show” year in 2020 of fresh referendums on EU membership and Scottish independence.
Inputs from Reuters
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