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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:57 GMT

UK’s Johnson Apologises for Brexit Delay


7Dnews London

Sun, 03 Nov 2019 13:10 GMT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised for not taking Britain out of the European Union last week, but said his deal remained the only way to get Britain out of the bloc, according to Reuters, Sunday November 3rd.

Johnson's promise to have Britain leave the bloc by October 31st had been his central platform in the party leadership competition, that brought him to power in July, before lawmakers voted to force him to seek an extension, and the EU has granted a three-month Brexit extension until January 31st.

He told Sky News on Sunday November 3rd, that it was a matter of "deep regret" that he failed to do so. Asked if he was sorry about missing the deadline, Johnson said, "Yes, absolutely."

"Anybody who looks at our deal can see it is a great deal... it allows us to have full unfettered control of our tariff schedule," Johnson said.

Johnson had vowed he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than tolerate another extension to the tortuous Brexit process, which began in 2016, after a knife-edge public referendum.

"The only way out of the EU now, the only way to get Brexit done is to go with the deal that we've got," he stated.

Furthermore, Johnson pushed hard for an early national election on December 12th in which he hopes to get a more Brexit-friendly Parliament.

One of his political rivals, Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party, said Sunday November 3rd that he will not seek to become an MP in next month's vote, but that his party would challenge the Tories across the country.

Farage has pushed for his party to team up in a coalition with Johnson's Conservatives for the December election, but the prime minister has refused the offer.

In response, Farage has pledged that his party will contest every seat in England, Scotland and Wales, against the Conservatives, unless Johnson drops his Brexit agreement, which Farage and his party think is worse than a no-deal Brexit.

"Do I find a seat, try and get myself into parliament? Or do I serve the cause better traversing the length and breadth of the United Kingdom supporting 600 candidates, I've decided that the last course is the right one," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr.

Farage, who has been a member of the European Parliament since 1999, has already tried to become an MP on seven occasions, losing out each time.

MPs have given provisional support for Johnson’s deal, but derailed his plans to get the bill through parliament before the deadline day, leading him to push for the December 12th election vote to break the impasse.