Boris Johnson put on the spot if UK did not leave by November – ‘Would you resign?’

Boris Johnson, who is vying for the top job, confirmed the UK will have “definitely left” the EU by November and will get a “great deal”. The Tory leadership candidate failed to answer a question regarding his possible resignation, however. Channel 4 News reporter Paul McNamara asked: “Afternoon Mr Johnson. Will we definitely have left by November?” Mr Johnson said: “By November? You bet.”

The reporter asked: “Definitely by then? And if we haven’t, will you resign?”

Mr Johnson replied: “Well we’re going to leave by then… excuse me”, before the reporter questioned a second time: “Would you resign though?”

Mr Johnson appeared to stutter before repeating: “We’re going to leave by November, and we’re going to recover a long-lost sense of energy and can-do spirit.”

On whether he would negotiate a “new deal”, the former foreign secretary said: “We will get a great deal.”

We’re going to leave by November, and we’re going to recover a long-lost sense of energy

Boris Johnson

He later added: “As I’ve said and I’ll say it again, we need to leave by October 31.

“And the parable of the vineyard is that you can achieve extraordinary things.

“English wine is now our fastest growing export, gone up 177%.”

Mr Johnson has called for an end to the defeatist attitude and called for positive energy towards Brexit.

The former Mayor of London has labelled Government’s handling of Britain’s exit from the EU over the past three years as “absolutely pathetic”.

Mr Johnson told talkRadio: “I think a bit of positive energy would help, frankly. I’ve never seen such morosity and gloom from a government.

“For three years we’ve been sitting around wrapped in defeatism telling the British public that they can’t do this or that. It is pathetic, it’s absolutely pathetic.”

The winner of the Tory leadership contest between Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will be announced on July 23, the Conservative Party has confirmed.

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