Monday 29 July 2019 6:41 AM UTC
LONDON July 27: Boris Johnson fundamentally ruled out a general election or second referendum as he promised once more to “deliver” upon Brexit.
The new Prime Minister, in his second full day in office, said he would “absolutely not” consider another major electoral event.
During a visit to Birmingham, he said: “The British people voted in 2015, in 2016, in 2017.
“What they want us to do is deliver on their mandate, come out of the EU on October 31.”
Commenting on potential votes, he said: “They don’t want another electoral event, they don’t want a referendum, they don’t want a general election.
“They want us to deliver.”
His comments come after the Tory leader clashed with European figureheads, as he insisted the Irish backstop had to be abolished for a Brexit deal to pass Parliament.
In phone calls to high profile leaders French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he set out that the only way to make progress on a deal is to “abolish the backstop”.
France’s Europe minister insisted there would be no changes to the withdrawal agreement.
This followed Mr Johnson making the call to axe the backstop in the Commons, during his first speech to the House as PM on Thursday.
On Wednesday, EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier branded his comments “combative” and labelled his stance “unacceptable”.
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