July 09, 2019
In a Sunday interview with The Sun, Boris Johnson, the current favorite to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister of the U.K., said that he would not make an election pact with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
Johnson said, “Everybody should be very, very optimistic about our agenda. People say why don’t you do a deal with this or that other party? I see no point in that. We’ve got to believe in our own party.”
“As Nigel Farage will tell you, there was a historic meeting 25 years or so ago in a pub when he tried to recruit me and I tried to recruit him,” Johnson said. “It didn’t get anywhere and we went our separate ways.”
“We are going to deliver Brexit and that’s what I hope Sun on Sunday readers will recognize. We’re the only party that can keep out Jeremy Corbyn – all that Brexit Party or Lib Dems can do is let him in.”
Johnson has vowed to become a “different sort” of prime minister, to shift the direction in which Theresa May has led the nation. He said that he would fight for Britain with “maximum energy.”
“For the last three years, quite frankly, we’ve had nothing but a diet of miserabilism,” he said. “We can’t do this, we can’t do that. You know, ‘Computer says no.’ And it’s really wretched.”
“I think probably I’m going to be a different sort of prime minister in the sense that throughout my political career, I’ve tended to go for my shots.”
“Sometimes I get out and sometimes I hit some runs. So let’s knock it out of the park. Well, I think, at least have a go.”
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is closely trailing the Conservative Party across the polls, with the latest YouGov poll showing the Conservatives at 24% and the Brexit Party at 23%.
– MK. II