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WorldBoris Johnson Pitches for Leadership With Pledge of Brexit on Oct. 31

08:00  12 june  2019
08:00  12 june  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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UK's Boris Johnson says would withhold Brexit bill as PM Boris Johnson, considered the frontrunner to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Saturday he would refuse to pay the country's Brexit bill until the EU agrees better withdrawal terms. The former foreign secretary -- the leading contender to replace May after her resignation as Conservative leader Friday -- also signalled he would scrap a controversial provision for the Irish border contained in the current divorce deal. "Our friends and partners need to understand that the money is going to be retained until such time as we have greater clarity about the way forward," he told The Sunday Times.

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Boris Johnson seen this morning June 10 in London. Boris Johnson : ‘We should be cutting Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, said: “Tax cuts for the better off: nothing for those earning less. Other leadership candidates have also promised tax cuts as they try to appeal to the 160,000

Boris Johnson Pitches for Leadership With Pledge of Brexit on Oct. 31© PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images Britain's Conservative MP and former foreign minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech entitled 'Opportunity in Uncertainty' at the Pendulum Summit 2019 conference at the Convention Centre in Dublin on January 10, 2019. (Photo by Paul FAITH / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images) (Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson will launch his campaign to become U.K. prime minister Wednesday morning with a promise to get Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, come what may.

The former foreign secretary is the favorite of the 10 candidates to succeed Theresa May, and the one who has said by far the least about how he would tackle the biggest problem that the nation faces. His launch event will be the first time he has faced public questioning in months.

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Should they, as Boris Johnson would suggest, cut the income tax for wealthier earners, which we She said anybody who says the UK is leaving by 31 October "come hell or high water" and does not Launching his campaign for leader on Monday, Mr Hunt said the challenge of Brexit called for an

to delay Brexit beyond the Oct 31 deadline – something Mr Johnson has ruled out – by “a week or whatever is required That is why I have decided to vote for Boris Johnson in the Conservative Party leadership election. Michael Gove delivering his animated pitch for the Conservative leadership .

That silence has allowed him to pick up the support of both members of Parliament who want to leave the EU with a deal and those who are content to -- or would even prefer to -- leave without one. His stated strategy is to talk tough with the Europeans, threatening to withhold the 39 billion-pound ($49 billion) settlement that the U.K. has agreed it owes the bloc unless he’s granted concessions.

“We must leave the EU on Oct. 31,” Johnson will say, according to his office. “We simply will not get a result if we give the slightest hint that we want to go on kicking the can down the road with yet more delay. Delay means defeat.”

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Boris Johnson promised tax cuts for higher earners if he becomes Britain’s next prime minister as the crowded race to replace Theresa May officially begins on Monday in the shadow of Brexit turmoil. May stepped down as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on Friday having failed three times to get

Boris Johnson suffered a blow with Cabinet minister Amber Rudd opting to back Jeremy Hunt - jibing that Mr Johnson is also facing a major backlash for his pledge of tax cuts for higher earners on up to £80 Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was making an 'emotional' pitch for leader at his launch.

Political Star

Johnson’s pitch is simple: He is easily the party’s best-known figure, a political star known to the public by his first name. At a time when MPs fear a general election, he will tell them that he knows how to win it.

That argument was helped Tuesday evening by a ComRes Ltd poll for the Telegraph newspaper -- where Johnson is a star columnist -- that found voters saying they were more likely to vote Conservative if he were leader.

Johnson’s critics are equally straightforward. He was sacked as a journalist for making up a quote and as a Conservative spokesman for lying about an affair. His role as a cheerleader for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, though quite possibly decisive, also alienated him from many liberal voters. Conservative polling expert Rob Hayward last week told journalists that most of the public had made up their minds about Johnson, and many don’t trust him.

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid, also launching his campaign on Wednesday, will argue that Johnson is the wrong choice. “I believe now more than ever that this is a moment for a new kind of leadership and a new kind of leader,” he’ll say, according to his office. “A leader is not just for Christmas, or just for Brexit. So we can’t risk going with someone who feels like the short-term, comfort zone choice. We need tomorrow’s leader, today.”

Boris Johnson Pitches for Leadership With Pledge of Brexit on Oct. 31© Bloomberg U.K. PM May Seeks Support for Brexit Plan as Cross-Party Talks Falter Sajid Javid

‘Too Personal,’ Brexit

Meanwhile rival candidate Rory Stewart, at his own launch on Tuesday evening, took aim at the front-runner. “I don’t want to make this too personal,” he said, without naming Johnson, “but do you really feel that this is the person that you want engaging with the detail of the future of your health and education system? Is this the person that you want writing the instruction to the nuclear submarines? That you want embodying your nation on the world stage and guiding it through the most difficult choice that Britain has faced for 50 years?”

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, Front-runner Johnson pledges to leave Oct . 31 , deal or no deal. Boris Johnson , the front-runner to succeed Theresa May as U.K. prime minister, pledged a hard line on Brexit “Unless we deliver a Brexit worth having in the opinion of Brexit Party voters then we will suffer a Jeremy Corbyn

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Boris Johnson Pitches for Leadership With Pledge of Brexit on Oct. 31© Bloomberg When Britain Has a New Leader But Still No Deal

Whoever succeeds May, they could find their freedom of action curtailed by the same forces she faced. The opposition Labour Party will try once again to seize control of the Parliamentary agenda Wednesday, part of an effort to stop the next prime minister from taking the country out of the EU without a deal.

One candidate, Dominic Raab, has floated the idea of stopping Parliament from sitting, so that members wouldn’t be able to block this. Others are arguing that Parliament doesn’t have the power to force a prime minister to change course.

Parliamentary Options

If Labour wins the Wednesday afternoon vote, at least an hour will be set aside on June 25 for further debate on a motion to be selected by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who has repeatedly worked with MPs trying to soften Brexit. As with similar moves at the start of the year, that could be used to set in train a process that takes control of the agenda from the government.

At that point, the identity of the next prime minister won’t be known, but the Conservative Party will have narrowed down its list of candidates considerably, and the direction that the party is moving in may be clearer.

“The debate on Brexit in the Tory leadership contest has descended into the disturbing, the ludicrous and the reckless,” Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said in an emailed statement. “MPs cannot be bystanders while the next Tory prime minister tries to crash the UK out of the European Union without a deal and without the consent of the British people.”

Johnson gets new boost in race to become UK prime minister

Johnson gets new boost in race to become UK prime minister Boris Johnson got a fresh boost in the race to become Britain's prime minister on Tuesday when a another former rival in the race backed him to lead the country out of its Brexit crisis. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Hours before the six contenders were due to be whittled down by the party's lawmakers, Andrea Leadsom declared her support for Johnson, the clear favourite.

Boris Johnson has pledged to cut income tax for three million higher earners, in a move that Boris Johnson launched his first campaign video last week. Boris Johnson pledges major tax cut Andrea Leadsom, the former leader of the house of commons, is pitching herself as the party unity candidate.

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Boris Johnson Pitches for Leadership With Pledge of Brexit on Oct. 31© Bloomberg British Chambers Of Commerce Annual Conference 2019 Keir Starmer

The motion will only pass if sufficient Conservatives rebel and support it. One, the former minister Oliver Letwin, has already put his name to it.

Even one leadership candidate, Stewart, briefly looked like he might back it, telling his launch event that “my instinct is I would be wholly supportive.” He quickly moved away from that position, saying he’d read the motion and wouldn’t support it.

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For whoever manages to win the race to replace Theresa May as leader of Britain's Conservative Party, it is fated to be the bitterest of bittersweet victories. Ever since the EU granted an extension to the Brexit deadline back in April, nothing of substance has changed and the UK remains stuck in agonizing political gridlock. Both wannabe PMs might claim they have a plan to secure a different deal with the EU.

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