Boris Johnson launches leadership bid while lawmakers warn on ‘no deal’ Brexit

Boris Johnson

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson launched his bid Wednesday to become Britain's next prime minister, insisting that he does not want a no-deal Brexit.

It is a "terrible political miscalculation" for United Kingdom politicians to believe they can get a better Brexit deal, the Irish PM has said.

"No-deal can not be imposed on the country or on Parliament and we will find mechanisms to make sure that doesn't happen", a senior party source said.

"I understand why they're saying it about leaving on October 31 deal or no deal but I think it's a mistake".

Nearly three years since voting to leave the EU, Britain is no clearer on how, when or even whether Brexit will happen. "Delay means defeat, delay means ruin".

Ten Conservative lawmakers are running to succeed Theresa May as party leader and prime minister.

Johnson, a leading figure in the 2016 referendum vote to leave, has said he will deliver on the result with or without a deal with Brussels.

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The move comes after a number of high-profile contenders for the Tory leadership said they would be prepared to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal if no new agreement had been reached by October 31.

Deutsche Bank analysts point out that yesterday saw the Labour Party table a cross-party motion to prevent a no deal Brexit in the UK.

May has delayed Brexit twice - most recently to October 31 - as she tried and failed to get her divorce deal through parliament. "Labour stands ready to use whatever mechanism it can to protect jobs, the economy and communities from the disastrous consequences of a no deal Brexit", Starmer said in a statement.

"It is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no-deal", he said.

Johnson has won over many in his party by arguing that only he can rescue the Conservatives, who have been punished in recent elections over the government's inability to deliver Brexit on time.

In a room full of Conservatives loyal to his campaign who groaned when journalists brought up lists of past indiscretions, including a report he had taken cocaine, Mr Johnson repeatedly sidestepped questions, using his trademark colourful metaphors and language to change the subject. "I don't think it will be in our national interest that we drive towards this cliff-edge at speed".

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