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Analysts say Conservatives fear more Brexit delays because it could pave the way to a government led by socialist Jeremy Corbyn.
During his launch for prime minister in London, former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson insisted Wednesday that the United Kingdom has to leave the European Union (EU) at the now-negotiated Oct. 31 date.
"After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31," said Johnson who added that “it is only responsible to prepare vigorously and seriously for no-deal. Indeed it is astonishing that anyone could suggest dispensing with that vital tool in the negotiation."
Johnson is not in favour of delaying the U.K departure from the EU because the British, he says, feel disappointed by the continual extensions to leave the union. Brexit, says the PM contender, will make voters feel "relieved" and let leaders focus on other issues.
"Around the country there is a feeling of disillusion and even despair at our ability to get things done. The longer it goes on, the worse the risk that there will be serious contamination and a real loss of confidence."
On Wednesday, the House of Commons voted 309 against, 298 in favor a Labor proposal that would allow the party to decide agenda debates and could enable it to prevent an EU exit.
In a similar sense, Johnson warned that conservative voters could support other political parties, such as Nigel Farage's eurosceptic party, if there is no Brexit on October 31.
Westminster has just voted against a motion to close down the route to a no deal Brexit. A poll shows Johnson-led Conservatives would enjoy a surge in support to 37% (with Brexit Party on 14%). Crash out on Oct 31st more likely than ever.https://t.co/OAIlCMC7oSpic.twitter.com/wVBu8rkEPR
The former foreign minister is seeking to be elected by his Conservative Party peers in July if he gets enough support among Torie lawmakers and also among the 160,000 members of his party.
Regarding a possible 'hard Brexit', the European Commission (EC) reminded U.K. leaders Wednesday must honor its financial obligations while a member state.
EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, who said that "'no agreement does not mean no compromises," last April, also emphasized that the proper treatment of obligations is a "strict condition to start talking about the future."
If a no-agreement is to occur, Brussels stressed it expects the U.K. to adequately address three main issues: the rights of citizens, the cost of the exit and the consequences in Ireland.
The EU reiterated this as Johnson has suggested the U.K. would not pay its debts it acquired as a member state and contributions it owes to the budget until 2021.
The latest estimate for the Brexit "bill" is US$49 billion, a figure based on calculations the U.K. and EU have agreed upon, sats the Brussels Times.