Boris: It’s on a knife edge, don’t vote for more dither and de­lay

Daily Express - - News - By Macer Hall Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

BORIS John­son has is­sued a plea for the coun­try’s back­ing to fin­ish Brexit and build a “great fu­ture” for Bri­tain.

Ahead of to­day’s elec­tion, the Prime Min­is­ter urged vot­ers to give him the Com­mons ma­jor­ity needed to smash the “grid­lock” at West­min­ster so the ver­dict of the 2016 EU Ref­er­en­dum can be hon­oured at last.

The Prime Min­is­ter “Enough is enough.”

And ap­peal­ing to tra­di­tional Labour vot­ers to back the Tories for the first time, he said: “Even if you have never voted Con­ser­va­tive said: before, this is your chance to be heard, and I prom­ise I will not let you down.”

He vowed to again defy the “doom­sters and gloom-mon­gers” by pass­ing his EU With­drawal Agree­ment and se­cur­ing a trade deal with Brus­sels to give the UK a pros­per­ous fu­ture.

Last night the opinion polls were still show­ing the threat of an­other hung par­lia­ment.

Mr John­son warned of a night­mare Christ­mas should Jeremy Cor­byn get the chance to en­ter Down­ing Street with the sup­port of SNP leader Ni­cola Stur­geon.

He said: “Give me a ma­jor­ity and I will fin­ish what we started…a great fu­ture is there within our grasp, but I need your vote.

“To­day is our chance to unite as a coun­try and put the un­cer­tainty to bed so peo­ple can get on with their lives. Just imag­ine…how aw­ful it would be if Cor­byn and Stur­geon were in Down­ing Street ad­vanc­ing their plans for two more ref­er­en­dums.”

Polling sta­tions close at 10pm and se­nior Tories face a nerve- jan­gling wait af­ter the fi­nal polls of the cam­paign left the re­sult finely poised. Un­der West­min­ster’s first­past-the-post elec­toral sys­tem, Mr John­son’s party could still fall short of a Com­mons ma­jor­ity de­spite win­ning the pop­u­lar vote.

Opinium’s fi­nal poll of the five­week cam­paign showed Labour had risen in re­cent days, although the Con­ser­va­tives re­tained a com­fort­able 12-point lead.

The sur­vey of 3,000 vot­ers gave the Tories a 45 per cent share of sup­port, un­changed from a week ago, while Labour was up two points to 33 per cent. The Lib Dems were down one point to 12 per cent.

In his eve-of-poll mes­sage, the Prime Min­is­ter ac­knowl­edged that the re­sult was hang­ing in the bal­ance. He said: “The re­sult is on a knife-edge.

“We could have an­other hung par­lia­ment with more of the same – more dither, more de­lay, more un­cer­tainty.

“Jeremy Cor­byn and Ni­cola Stur­geon are al­ready stitch­ing up deals to block Brexit.

“They’d in­flict on this coun­try the chaos of two ref­er­en­dums next year, on Brexit and on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence. And, if that wasn’t enough, their plans would wreck our econ­omy, with more bor­row­ing and higher taxes.

“Or we could have

aCon­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity govern­ment which will get Brexit done and un­leash Bri­tain’s po­ten­tial.”

Mr John­son urged vot­ers to re­call how he was forced to re­luc­tantly trig­ger the elec­tion be­cause MPs re­peat­edly blocked his at­tempt to de­liver Brexit.

He said: “When I be­came your Prime Min­is­ter, I set out to strike a new deal with the Euro­pean Union that would hon­our the Ref­er­en­dum by tak­ing back con­trol of our laws, bor­ders, money and trade.

“There were many doom­sters and gloom-mon­gers who said it couldn’t be done, but they were wrong.We got a fan­tas­tic new deal

Bang...Boris John­son pulls a cracker in Hen­goed, Glam­or­gan

which fi­nally de­liv­ers the change peo­ple voted for three and a half years ago.

“MPs had the chance to vote that deal through par­lia­ment and hon­our the prom­ises they made to de­liver Brexit. But in­stead they ig­nored the will of 17.4 mil­lion peo­ple and voted for more dither and de­lay.

“The last par­lia­ment was so ob­sessed with ar­gu­ing about Brexit, they were even ar­gu­ing about ar­gu­ing. They were not fo­cus­ing on what you, the peo­ple, want. Enough is enough.”

Set­ting out the Con­ser­va­tive case for the fi­nal time, he said: “If we can smash through the par­lia­men­tary grid­lock, the govern­ment will be able to con­cen­trate on chang­ing the coun­try for the bet­ter – strength­en­ing the NHS with £34bil­lion ex­tra fund­ing and

Pic­ture: GETTY

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