Boris Johnson says he will withdraw Brexit bill if MPs reject government’s timetable

Boris Johnson says he will withdraw Brexit bill if MPs reject government’s timetable


I will in no way allow months [Interruption]
No, I won’t. … allow months more of this. If Parliament refuses to allow Brexit
to happen and instead gets its way and decides to delay everything
until January, or possibly longer, in no circumstances can the
government continue with this. – Prime minister, give way.
Give way. – And with great regret I must go
directly to the point that the honourable gentleman raises: with great regret I must say that
the bill will have to be pulled, and we will have to go forward,
much as the right honourable gentleman may not like it, we will have to
go forward to a general election. – Hear hear. – I will argue …
[Interruption] No, Mr speaker. I will argue at that election,
“Let’s get Brexit done,” and the leader of the opposition will
make his case to spend 2020 having two referendums — one on Brexit
and one on Scotland — and the people, Mr Speaker, will decide. Mr Speaker, there is another path. – Prime minister, give way.
– No, I won’t. And that is to accept, as I have done,
that this deal does not give us everything that we want. – Can you give way? – And all of us can find clauses and
provisions to which we can object, as we can in any compromise,
but it also gives us the opportunity to conclude that there is no dishonour
in setting aside an entirely legitimate desire to deliver the perfect deal in the interests
of seizing the great deal that is now within our grasp.
– Hear hear. — Of seizing the opportunity to
begin healing the divisions, and to satisfy the aching desire
of the British public that we would just get Brexit done and to move on
to do what those who sent us here want us to do, and that is to address
their priorities.

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