“We’ve got to be out by Oct. 31”: UK PM race favourite Johnson makes Brexit vow

Reuters | Jun 14, 2019 at 12:42 PM

LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - Boris Johnson, front-runner in the race to succeed Theresa May as Britain's prime minister, vowed that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union, saying that only by preparing to leave without agreement could a no-deal Brexit be prevented.

Johnson said he was not aiming for a no-deal EU divorce but such a scenario would not be a disaster.

"It needs to happen by October 31, and we need to get on and do it," he told BBC radio. "All those who say that we should delay ... I think they risk doing terminal damage to trust in politics. We have to get on and do this. We've got to be out by October 31."