Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it’s time to get Brexit done, pledging again that he would take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 “come what may”.
“What the whole world wants – is to be calmly and sensibly done with the subject and to move on. And that is why we are coming out of the EU on October 31, come what may … let’s get Brexit done. We can, we must and we will,” he told his Conservative Party’s annual conference.
The prime minister said he’s submitted “constructive and reasonable proposals” to the European Union and that he hoped that Brussels would find room to compromise to secure a deal.
“Today in Brussels we are tabling what I believe are constructive and reasonable proposals, which provide a compromise for both sides,” he told his Conservative Party’s annual conference.
“And yes this is a compromise by the UK, and I hope very much that our friends understand that and compromise in their turn.”
Today I have set out a fair and reasonable compromise for replacing the backstop so we can get Brexit done by 31 October. pic.twitter.com/66WpFGhThU
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 2, 2019
He also set out his Conservative Party’s election pitch, saying his government would boost productivity, increase wages, control immigration and spend more on public services.
Johnson took aim at opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and said only his Conservative party could be trusted with the economy, a thinly veiled pitch for an election widely expected to come before the end of the year.
“The choice is clear: we put up wages – with the biggest expansion of the living wage for a generation; Corbyn would put up taxes for everyone,” he said.
“If Jeremy Corbyn were allowed into Downing Street, he would whack up your taxes, he would foul up the economy, he would rip up the alliance between Britain and the USA and he would break up the UK. We cannot allow it to happen.”