September 26, 2019 / 10:59 AM / a month ago

UK's Johnson tells 1922 committee: we will leave EU on Oct. 31

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Conservative Party lawmakers on Thursday he was convinced he could get a Brexit deal but that if he didn’t, then the United Kingdom would simply leave the European Union on Oct. 31, a lawmaker in the room said.

Johnson, addressing the 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, spoke of the “cowardice” of opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who he said knows he will fail to win a general election.

Johnson said the best way to stop the toxic atmosphere in British politics was to get Brexit done. He added that he took all threats to lawmakers very seriously. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)

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