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United Kingdom leadership favorite Boris Johnson vows to deliver Brexit

United Kingdom leadership favorite Boris Johnson vows to deliver Brexit

Former foreign minister Johnson, front-runner in the race to succeed Theresa May, officially launched his campaign earlier on Wednesday with a commitment to lead Britain out of the European Union on October 31.

Mr Johnson will suggest the huge task of uniting the country can only begin once the United Kingdom has left the European Union and government has delivered on the "one big thing" asked of it by the public.

"I don't think that we will end up with any such thing, but it is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no-deal".

Mr Johnson said: "I think what most people in this country want us to really focus on in this campaign, if I may say so, is what we can do for them and what our plans are for this great country of ours". "I will hit the ground running and engage in friendliest possible way with friends across channel".

The former foreign secretary presented himself as the one candidate among the contenders bidding to succeed Theresa May who could stop Jeremy Corbyn seizing the keys to No 10.

Asked if he could be trusted, Johnson said he could.

Labour MP Gareth Snell said he "made a mistake" voting against withdrawal agreement three times.

At his launch Mr Johnson was also pressed by journalists on his use of language - including when he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column that Muslim women wearing the burka looked like "letterboxes".

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May has delayed Brexit twice - most recently to October 31 - as she tried and failed to get her divorce deal through parliament.

Questioned about his comment that Muslim women in full face veils looked like "letter boxes", he said voters were alienated by politicians using "bureaucratic platitudes".

In an attempt to unite remain and soft-Brexit MPs, the Labour Party proposed a motion which would set the stage for parliament to prevent a clean break Brexit by taking over the Commons timetable on the 25th of June and give MPs parliamentary time to construct legislation restricting the future government.

As the result was announced, Tory MPs cheered on the benches.

The Commons votes today on a simple motion that, if passed, will seize control of the parliamentary agenda from the government for a single day.

"On that date I should have voted for a deal".

Of the motion, he said: "Delaying this does not stop no deal - what it does is put it further into the future".

"They would have to come back to Parliament and get the consent of MPs".