Boris Johnson unveils Tory bid warning party will die unless Brexit happens

Mail Online | 6/12/2019 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor, For Mailonline
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Boris Johnson today warned that the Tories will 'kick the bucket' unless they deliver Brexit by Halloween - as he finally emerged from his bunker.

Formally launching his leadership campaign, Mr Johnson vowed to stick to the October 31 deadline at all costs, saying 'delay means Corbyn'.

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At an event in Westminster packed with his MP backers - and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds - the former foreign secretary said he was the only candidate who could counter the threat from Labour and Nigel Farage's surging Brexit Party.

Mr Johnson said there was 'despair' across the country at the failure to deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum.

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'We cannot ignore the morass at Westminster where parties have entered a yellow box junction, unable to move forward or back,' he said.

'Now is the time to unite this country and unite this society...

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'After two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31. And we must do better than the current Withdrawal Agreement.'

Mr Johnson said he did not think No Deal would happen - but it had to be kept on the table. 'This is a great country and we will rise to the challenge,' he added.

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He said there would be a sense of 'overwhelming relief' once the departure from the bloc had been sealed.

Mr Johnson is the hot favourite to win the race to take over from Theresa May in Downing Street - despite rivals such as Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove accusing him of adopting a 'submarine' strategy of avoiding scrutiny.

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He has promised to take questions from journalists at the launch this morning, something he has not done for months.

However, the scale of the challenge Mr Johnson faces if he does triumph will be underlined within hours of his appearance, when MPs stage a...
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