News / UK by Press Association 25/06/2019, 1:19 pm Updated: 25/06/2019, 2:01 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Boris Johnson made a “do or die” commitment to pull the UK out of the European Union by October 31 as he sought to get his campaign to be the next prime minister back on track. The former foreign secretary repeatedly avoided questions about his personal life as he stepped back onto the campaign trail following a late-night row with partner Carrie Symonds that saw police called to their home last week. He used a series of broadcast interviews to set out his plans for Brexit, insisting that the shock of the European election results would force both the Tories and Labour to acknowledge that the current impasse could not continue. Mr Johnson will find out whether he has achieved his ambition of becoming Tory leader when the results of the contest are announced on July 23 under the timetable set out by the Conservative … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson vows Brexit will happen ‘come what may’
News / UK and world by Press Association June 25, 2019, 11:41 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Boris Johnson has insisted he would prioritise tax cuts for the lowest paid after experts suggested his plans to offer relief for people earning more than £50,000 would cost £9 billion. The Tory leadership campaign favourite has floated plans to increase the threshold at which people start paying 40% income tax but indicated he could begin by tax for those on the lowest pay. Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said Mr Johnson’s income tax proposals would mainly benefit the top 10% of earners. But he has also suggested raising the amount people can earn before they start paying national insurance contributions (NICs), which would benefit lower earners. The would-be premier has not said how much he would like to raise the threshold by – currently earnings over £8,632 are subject to NICs – but the IFS said … [Read more...] about Johnson pledges to prioritise tax cuts for those on lowest pay
Boris Johnson has said he would be able to persuade Brussels to resolve the Irish backstop but admitted he would need EU cooperation. In an interview with the BBC, the Conservative leadership frontrunner said he “did not believe for a moment” the UK would leave without a Brexit deal, although he was willing to do so if required. Mr Johnson said the existing deal negotiated by Theresa May was “dead” and he could agree a new deal with the EU before the October 31 deadline because their was now a “different understanding” of what is needed in the UK and Europe. "I think actually that politics has changed so much since 29 March,” he said. "I think on both sides of the Channel there's a really different understanding of what is needed." Mr Johnson said the UK would need the EU’s cooperation to avoid a hard Irish border or crippling tariffs on trade in the event of a no-deal Brexit. He said there were "abundant, abundant … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: I can persuade Brussels to resolve Irish backstop
Boris Johnson has insisted he can broker a new Brexit deal with Europe because the political landscape has “changed”. The leadership frontrunner said he could agree a new deal with the EU before the October deadline because there was now a "different understanding" of what is needed in the UK and in Europe. In an interview with the BBC, he said: "I think actually that politics has changed so much since 29 March. "I think on both sides of the Channel there's a really different understanding of what is needed." Mr Johnson, who described Theresa May's deal as "dead", said he "did not believe for a moment" that the UK would leave Europe without a deal. But he added that he would be willing to do so if that was required. "My pledge is to come out of the EU on the 31st of October... but that is not where I want us to end up, it is not for a moment where I believe we will end up. "But in order to get the result that we … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: I can broker a new Brexit deal before October
Katy Balls 24 June 2019 5:44 PM 24 June 2019 5:44 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Could Boris Johnson command the confidence of the Commons? That’s the question being asked in Westminster this week as various ‘Stop Boris’ factions emerge. The Standard reports that Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill has told Theresa May that she ought to only advise the Queen to appoint Johnson or Jeremy Hunt as her successor if she is confident that they can command a majority in the Commons. With hostility growing over Johnson’s Brexit plan – which could lead to no deal – it’s BoJo who this appears to be aimed at. Over the weekend, the Sunday Times reported that the Johnson campaign had been warned by the Chief Whip that there was a high likelihood Boris would lose a vote of no confidence within 24 hours of taking the job. Smith raised concerns that two Tory MPs could defect from the party in protest, … [Read more...] about Could Boris Johnson command the confidence of the Commons?