Johnson’s Brexit deadline doubted as PM favourite says he ‘hardly’ disagrees with rivals
19 June 2019, 18:12
The former Foreign Secretary opened up to an opponent at the end of the BBC’s leadership debate Tuesday night, The Sun reported. Mr Johnson has promised to leave the EU by October 31 while other Tory candidates have insisted on a new delay in order to pass a deal first. While the five candidates left the BBC studio, their microphones picked up what Mr Johnson said to Michael Gove.
According to The Sun, Mr Johnson said: “You see chaps, we don’t disagree on that much.”The Environment Secretary added: “Dates, Boris, dates.”Mr Johnson’s response was: “Hardly, pah.”Critics have hit out at the lead contender claiming his remarks cast doubt on his Halloween deadline.READ MORE: Gove-supporting MP urges voters to back Boris in massive slip-up
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One Tory source told The Sun: “It made the other contenders raise their eyebrows.“Is Boris going to get out when he says he is, or isn’t he?”But a source close to Mr Johnson said his remarks do not draw his previous commitments into questions.The source told the paper: “It’s clear that all the major candidates want to leave on October 31.
“The only difference is Boris is committed to leaving on October 31, deal or no deal. That hasn’t changed, and will not change.”Mr Johnson’s comments did not affect his voting on the third round as he claimed 143 votes.Jeremy Hunt received 54 and Mr Gove 41.While Sajid Javid hung in there with 38 votes, Rory Stewart failed to make it into the next round.