Boris starts three-day mis­sion to put an end to Brexit paral­y­sis

Daily Express - - News - By Macer Hall Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

BORIS John­son will to­day be­gin three fi­nal fre­netic days of cam­paign­ing with a visit to the iconic Leave-vot­ing city of Sun­der­land.

He will use the stop-off to re­new his mes­sage that only a Tory ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment can bring an end to the Brexit paral­y­sis at West­min­ster.

In a dra­matic mo­ment on ref­er­en­dum night in 2016, Sun­der­land was the first city to de­clare in favour of leav­ing the EU in a sig­nal of the swing across the coun­try.

Mr John­son will visit ev­ery re­gion of Eng­land and Wales ahead of the Gen­eral Elec­tion polling day on Thurs­day. His tour will in­clude trips to North Wales, West York­shire, Cheshire, Le­ices­ter­shire, East Anglia and the South-west.

To­day he will spend the day at four Brexit-vot­ing Labour seats across Hum­ber and the North-east as he em­pha­sises that the only way to get Brexit done is to elect a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment.

He will end the day in the South­west, where he will warn that a vote for the Lib Dems is a vote for fur­ther paral­y­sis and de­lay – and a Cor­byn gov­ern­ment.

The Prime Min­is­ter is ex­pected to say to­day: “It’s now been 1,264 days since Sun­der­land’s roar was heard on the night of 23rd June 2016.

“1,264 days in which par­lia­ment should have de­liv­ered what you voted for, taken us out of the EU, and ad­dressed all the rea­sons you voted so de­ci­sively for change.

“You voted to leave the EU be­cause you wanted to stop send­ing the EU money we could spend at home, to end un­con­trolled and un­lim­ited im­mi­gra­tion from the EU, to take back con­trol from an un­elected elite in Brus­sels – and to force politi­cians in West­min­ster to lis­ten to you, not just Lon­don and the South­east. In­stead we have had 1,264 days of dither and de­lay, pre­var­i­ca­tion and pro­cras­ti­na­tion, ob­fus­ca­tion and ob­struc­tion.

“Par­lia­ment has bent ev­ery rule bro­ken ev­ery con­ven­tion, as it has de­layed, di­luted and de­nied Brexit.

“Re­main MPs who said at the last elec­tion they would de­liver Brexit shame­fully did the ex­act op­po­site when they got to West­min­ster.

“The Labour Party has let you down most of all. Un­der Jeremy Cor­byn, they promised to hon­our the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum – be­fore vot­ing against Brexit ev­ery chance they had. They won their seats on a false prospec­tus and then stuck two fin­gers up to the pub­lic.

“Now they are propos­ing an­other ref­er­en­dum – this time rig­ging the re­sult by ex­tend­ing the fran­chise to two mil­lion EU cit­i­zens. It’s been the Great Be­trayal, or­ches­trated from Is­ling­ton by politi­cians who sneer at your val­ues and ig­nore your votes.

“This is why your vote in three days’ time is so im­por­tant.

“Ei­ther we will have an­other hung par­lia­ment, with Jeremy Cor­byn and Ni­cola Stur­geon con­spir­ing to frus­trate Brexit again.

“They’d waste next year on two ref­er­en­dums on Brexit and Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence. West­min­ster and the coun­try would be stuck in neu­tral,

would be mired in more dither, de­lay and grid­lock, un­able to move for­ward.

“Al­ter­na­tively, we can have a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment.

“Ev­ery sin­gle Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date – here in Sun­der­land, the North-east and across the whole UK – has pledged to back my deal.

“That means a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment will vote for my deal and we can fi­nally get Brexit done.Then we can move on. I make this solemn prom­ise to the peo­ple of Sun­der­land.

“If I re­turn to Down­ing Street with a ma­jor­ity, I will work night and day to de­liver for you.

“I will make sure Sun­der­land’s voice will be heard in the cor­ri­dors of West­min­ster and White­hall like never be­fore. We will give Sun­der­land and the rest of the north the in­vest­ment it de­serves – in the NHS, in schools, in the po­lice, in in­fra­struc­ture.

“We have just three days to make that a re­al­ity, three days to break the dead­lock and avoid a hung par­lia­ment, three days to stop the Cor­byn-Stur­geon plan for two more ref­er­en­dums, three days to get Brexit done, three days to make sure we in­vest in the NHS, schools and po­lice, three days to un­leash this coun­try’s po­ten­tial and move for­ward with con­fi­dence.”


Top op­er­a­tors... Sa­jid Javid helps Boris John­son with head­set in front of Do­minic Raab and Michael Gove yes­ter­day; be­low, with mem­bers of his cam­paign team at Mill­bank

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