Boris Johnson launches bid to become UK Prime Minister

Saul Bowman
June 13, 2019

But a new cross-party effort to block a chaotic end of the 46-year partnership failed on Wednesday, potentially leaving more room for manoeuvre for a future premier.

The Brexit deal has been delayed twice, during May's tenure the most recent deadline being October 31. In 2016 he launched and then abandoned a bid to become prime minister in a contest won by May.

He warned that Corbyn must not be allowed to win an election.

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 trade with the European Union on World Trade Organisation terms of necessary while it negotiates a future trade deal.

"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".

Those two candidates will then face a straight vote by the party's grassroots members, with the victor announced towards the end of July.

He insisted he was not aiming for no-deal, but said the Government had to show it was serious about leaving if it was to stand any chance of securing concessions from the EU.

Johnson said a new government with "new optimism" and "total conviction about the way forward" could find a way to find a compromise, although he gave no detail.


Ten Conservative lawmakers are running to succeed Theresa May as party leader and prime minister.

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.

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".

"In a leadership contest of fairytale tax cuts and unworkable pledges, this promise to get a new deal or leave without a deal on October 31 is the most ludicrous of them all", global development minister Stewart said in a statement.

Following are comments by Johnson at the launch of his campaign.

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"I'm sorry for the offence that I have caused but I will continue to speak as directly as I can", he said.

Questioned on his trustworthiness, using cocaine and breaking laws, Johnson's performance was marked by less-than-usual wit, jokes and the use of rarely used words - it was "spectacularly dull", as some called it - but he came out flying, answering potentially embarrassing questions.

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