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