June 30, 2019
Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Boris Johnson said the U.K.’s major parties will face “political extinction” if Brexit is not delivered by October 31.
Johnson has pledged to take the U.K. out of the European Union by October 31 “do or die,” clarifying that “I don’t mean that we’re literally going to die… if we don’t leave.” He said that “what we will face is political extinction… we will have a drift away from, not just the Conservative Party but both the main parties.”
Johnson said the Conservative Party “will suffer considerably from an electorate that feels that they can’t trust politicians to deliver on their promises.”
He stated that he didn’t want to suspend parliament in order to push his Brexit plan. “I don’t like the idea of proroguing [suspending],” said Johnson. “I’m not remotely attracted to it, but MPs have got to understand it’s their responsibility to get this thing done.”
But according to the Sunday Telegraph, Johnson is reportedly planning a Brexit “war Cabinet” in order to force Brexit in his first 100 days in office as prime minister. This cabinet would consist of a “tightly-knit unit of senior ministers and advisers” who would be “mapping out and tacking every possible obstacle on the way of Britain exiting on October 31. It would then report back to the broader cabinet.”
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith told the Telegraph, “if we fail one more time, as Boris has said, then the tsunami that hits us of anger from the British public will this time be irreparable.”
Boris Johnson is currently the frontrunner to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister of the U.K.
– MK. II