October 31, 2019 / 1:17 PM / 19 days ago

UK PM Johnson 'frustrated' Brexit is not happening on October 31

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the House of Commons in London, Britain October 30, 2019. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was frustrated that Brexit was not happening, as he had repeatedly promised, on Oct. 31 but that if the electorate voted for him then the divorce would be done by January.

“I am, of course, incredibly frustrated that we are not able to get Brexit done today,” Johnson said. “But let’s be in doubt what has happened, we had a fantastic deal on the table, the House of Commons voted it through but then they voted again for delay.”

“This parliament is just not going to vote Brexit through, there are too many people who are basically opposed to Brexit, who want to frustrate it,” he said. “We have an oven ready deal, put it in the microwave as soon as we get back after the election on Friday 12th Dec and get it done.”

“If you for vote for us and we get our program through because, we will, because as I say it is oven ready it is there to go, then we can be out by out at the absolute latest by January next year,” Johnson said.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew MacAskill

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