U.K.’s Johnson Apologizes for Delayed Brexit: Election Update
Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to lay down markers on Brexit in campaigning ahead of the U.K. general election on Dec. 12, saying a trade deal with the U.S. remains possible.
With just days to go until Parliament dissolves for the early election, Johnson challenged Donald Trump over trade after the U.S. president took sides in a radio interview with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage last week.
- Johnson apologizes for failing to deliver Brexit on Oct. 31
- Prime minister says Brexit will happen fast if Tories win
- Nigel Farage says he won’t try again to become a member of parliament
Farage Won’t Run in Election (9:20 a.m)
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says he won’t make an eighth attempt to win a seat in the House of Commons.
Speaking to BBC’s Andrew Marr show, the Brexit Party leader said he’s decided he could have more impact supporting other candidates in his party than running himself.
“I don’t want to be in politics the rest of my life. Do I find a seat, try and get myself into parliament, or do I serve the cause better traversing the length and breath of the United Kingdom, supporting 600 candidates?” he said. “I’ve decided the latter course is the right one.”
Labour Could Allow Second Scottish Referendum (9 a.m)
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour’s business spokeswoman, said the party could allow a second independence referendum in Scotland in some circumstances, but wouldn’t support the break up of the union. Speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge, she said Labour would allow the poll if it was the will of the Scottish government and people. But she said Labour would campaign against independence in another referendum.
In contrast Boris Johnson ruled out offering another vote on Scottish Independence.
Johnson Apologizes Over Brexit (8:30 a.m)
Johnson said “it’s a matter of deep regret” and that he was sorry he didn’t deliver Brexit by Oct. 31, despite repeatedly promising he would.
In an interview on Sky’s Sophy Ridge show, Johnson said he personally took responsibility for the failed deadline, while blaming Parliament for refusing to back the accelerated timetable he asked for to pass the deal he negotiated with the European Union.
Trump is “patently in error” with his comment that the deal could derail a U.K.-U.S. trade deal after Britain leaves the EU, Johnson said.
Johnson Promises Fast Brexit If Tories Win (Earlier)
Johnson will push his Brexit deal through Parliament “very fast” and avoid any further dithering if his Conservative Party wins the general election on Dec. 12, he told the Sunday Express newspaper in an interview.
- U.K. Conservatives at 39%, Labour 27%: YouGov/Sunday Times Poll
- U.K. Conservatives at 36%, Labour at 28%: Deltapoll/Daily Mail
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