The British Prime Minister had said he preferred “to be dead at the bottom of a ditch” to go to ask for an extension of Article 50 (a postponement of Brexit) in Brussels. He has visibly changed his mind.
BoJo does his mea-culpa. Sunday, November 3, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized for not having realized the Brexit on October 31 as he had promised. Would he apologize to members of the Conservative Party who brought him to power for not keeping his word? This was asked by the “Brexiteer” a journalist from Sky News. “Of course”, he replied, expressing his “deep regrets”.
Came to power in July promising the Brexit “no matter the cost” as of October 31, Boris Johnson had vowed that he would prefer to be “dead at the bottom of a ditch” rather than asking for a further postponement of Article 50. But by adopting a last minute law to avoid the exit without EU agreement, MEPs forced him to ask for a deadline until 31 January. A deadline that will allow to organize new parliamentary elections, December 12.
“The reason it's so painful to have this postponement is not because of promises or my ego or whatever, but because of the uncertainty that this means for the whole country,” lamented Boris Johnson, adding that because of this postponement, “Companies can not forecast, families can not forecast, people do not know when Brexit is going to take place.”
The conservative leader has also criticized US President Donald Trump, his friend and ally, who judged Thursday on the British radio LBC that the agreement negotiated with the European Union does not allow to conclude “trade agreement with the United Kingdom”. “I do not want to denigrate the president, but in this respect, he makes a manifest error, and anyone who looks at our agreement can see that it is an excellent agreement”said Boris Johnson.
Explaining fears of further delay if Labor, the main opposition party, came to power following the December 12 elections, “crazy woman” the party's proposal to renegotiate an exit agreement and submit it to the British vote. Boris Johnson also said he did not see “no reason” to extend the transition period after Brexit beyond the planned date of December 2020, believing that “should be extremely simple”.