Stanley Johnson in dramatic outburst against European Union – ‘Blood on their hands’

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STANLEY JOHNSON took a brutal dig at the European Union’s refusal to negotiate with the British Government, warning the lack of Brexit deal at the end of talks would leave “blood on the hands” of Brussels.

Stanley Johnson blasted the European Union over their refusal to renegotiate the terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement despite Parliament refusing to accept it three times. Mr Johnson, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, insisted his son will succeed in taking the UK out of the bloc as he warned Brussels they will have blood “on their hands” should they reject further demands for further negotiations. Speaking to The One Show, Mr Johnson said: “Brexit is going to happen. Brexit is going to happen because Boris said, ‘no ifs and buts.’ No ifs and buts means no ifs and buts.

“How is that going to happen? It’s going to happen because our new Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, is going to send his team of diplomats in 27 countries and each and every one of them is going to go to the Chancellors, and the Prime Ministers.

“Saying ‘you guys in the EU have got to move, it’s completely ludicrous that you are saying no, no, no, we can’t negotiate.’”

The British writer, who also served as an MEP for Wight and Hampshire East between 1979 and 1984, continued: “I’ve spent 20 years in Brussels, I know about this. You can tell them they’ve got to negotiate, blood will be on their hands not ours.”

Asked about what his son Boris will bring to Number 10, Mr Johnson said: “I see optimist, I see determination, I see humour – never forget the humour – and I see experience.

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“Don’t forget about experience. Humour, intelligence, determination and experience.

“That I think is going to be an unbeatable combination.”

Prime Minister Johnson used his first speech in the role to launch a warning to Brexit “pessimists” across the United Kingdom about the prospects of quitting the European Union.

Speaking in front of Number 10 on Wednesday, Mr Johnson said: “I am standing before you today to tell you, the British people, that those critics are wrong.

“The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters – they are going to get it wrong again.

“The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts, because we are going to restore trust in our democracy and we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts.

“And we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe, based on free trade and mutual support.”

Mr Johnson has insisted he will seek to force Brussels into agreeing to changes to the withdrawal agreement before the departure deadline on October 31.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier however appeared unconvinced by Mr Johnson’s speech. Asked if he had a clearer idea of what Britain would want, Mr Barnier said: “No. We are ready to listen and to work with him in a constructive way. We will wait for the new decision, the new declarations of the UK government.

“I met Boris Johnson once. We spoke once in the past. It was a very particular moment during the opening ceremony of the Olympics of London, fantastic games, so we are waiting now.

“We will work, we are ready, we will work. I think he is clever. I’m at the disposal of the union. We are ready to work.”

The Prime Minister on Wednesday evening took the first steps toward establishing his new Cabinet, attempting to conciliate his party with the appointment of both Remainers and Brexiteers in his Government.

Prominent Leave supporters Priti Patel and Dominic Raab returned to Government as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary respectively.

Nicki Morgan also joined the Cabinet as the new Culture Minister, with fellow Remainer Amber Rudd keeping her job as Work and Pensions Secretary and gaining the role of Equality Minister. Jeremy Hunt, Mr Johnson’s rival in the Tory leadership race, left the Government after refusing to switch over to the Ministry of Defence. 

Penny Mordaunt and Liam Fox were among the first to be sacked as Mr Johnson carried out a radical reshaping of the Cabinet. Other ministers shown the exit include Damian Hinds, Greg Clark, David Mundell, Karen Bradley, James Brokenshire, Jeremy Wright and Mel Stride

That I think is going to be an unbeatable combination

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