The leadership favourite promised his top team would have to back his “do or die” Brexit dream. According to The Sun, he said MPs would have to be ready to leave the EU without a deal if they wanted to serve under him. Speaking at a hustings in Bournemouth, Mr Johnson added: “That will be the policy of the Government.
“Clearly, people must be reconciled to the very, very, very small possibility, and I stress it will be a very, very small possibility that we would have to leave on those terms.”
However, when pushed to comment on what action would be sought should the Commons request a new Brexit deadline past October 31, he refused three times to answer.
All he would confirm was that he didn’t feel MPs wanted to “kick the can down the road again”.
His pledges mean major changes to the cabinet could be made.
The likes of Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd and de-facto deputy Prime Minister David Lidington getting the boot.
So far, David Gauke, Justice Secretary, has said he would likely quit his post should Mr Johnson defeat rival Jeremy Hunt in the battle for No 10.
He added: “On the basis of what I’ve heard so far, I wouldn’t serve. To be fair to him, I wouldn’t be able to give him full-hearted support.”
Mr Johnson has endured a difficult week after his private life became public via numerous front pages surrounding an incident with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.
Police were called to her flat amid concerns for her welfare after Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds became involved in a heated debate.
But a source told The Sun: “He was rattled last week when details of the row with Carrie came out.
“But he’s over his wobble now.”
The winner of the Conservative leadership battle is set to be announced on July 22.
Published at Thu, 27 Jun 2019 23:00:00 +0000