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A number of Conservative MPs have reportedly told party leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson that he must deliver Brexit by October 31st or face mass defection to Nigel Farage’s new party.
A former Tory minister speaking to The Sun said: “We’ve all invested heavily in backing Boris. But he has got to keep his word. If he lets us down, it’s over.”
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Amongst the Boris backers who have laid down the threat are MPs from the European Research Group, with the red top paper reporting one senior figure in the ERG saying that if he fails, “all bets are off” and that donors — and MPs — will turn to The Brexit Party.
“We’ve told him straight. If we don’t leave on schedule this time around, all bets are off,” the senior figure said.
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They added: “The donors will turn off the money taps, the members will be gone and MPs will walk too. We’ll be left with no choice but to join The Brexit Party. The country has put up with this for long enough. It’s three years since we voted to leave the EU and the big day keeps being put off.
“We’ve had so many broken promises from Theresa May and we are not going to be let down by Boris Johnson. We’ve told him in no uncertain terms, and I think he gets it.”
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The outgoing prime minister, Theresa May, had promised 108 times in the House of Commons that the UK would leave the EU on March 29th — before delaying to April 12th, and then October 31st.
According to released WhatsApp messages between members of the ERG in April — before May announced she would be stepping down as party leader — Tory Brexiteers were considering defection to The Brexit Party as an option, after Tory grandee Ann...
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