UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged lawmakers to support an October 31st Brexit, saying they had promised to honour the result of the country's 2016 decision to leave the EU, Reuters reported on August 8th. Johnson has pledged to take Britain out of the EU at the end of October, with or without a deal, setting himself up for a clash with MPs who have vowed to try and stop a no-deal Brexit, including by trying to collapse the government.
Some reports have said Johnson could refuse to resign even if he lost a no-confidence vote, in order to delay an election beyond Brexit day and ensure the country leaves the EU.
Speaking to the BBC during a visit to Oxfordshire, Johnson said there was enough time for the EU to compromise on the Irish border backstop plan. The backstop is the main deal-breaker he said and asked that they show "common sense" and agree to make changes to the Brexit withdrawal deal. He explained that the current deal would “keep us locked in EU regulatory orbit, locked in the EU trading system, unable to control our own laws."
He said the government was working hard to reach a deal with the EU and if Britain can get changes to the so-called backstop, "there is a good deal to be done." The EU has so far refused to reopen the divorce negotiation, causing both sides to step up preparations for a disorderly split.
Asked if he would accept that he had to resign if he lost a confidence vote, Johnson told reporters: "I think that what MPs should do and what I think they've already voted to do when triggering Article 50, is honour the mandate of the people and leave the EU on October 31st."