PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has been given a huge boost with readers backing the Conservative Party leader to finally deliver Britain’s departure from the bloc, three-and-a-half years since the UK overwhelmingly voted to leave the EU.
Boris Johnson has been given the backing to deliver Brexit once and for all, in an Express.co.uk poll. The poll asked readers whether they trusted Mr Johnson to deliver Brexit, after promising to do so during the general election campaign. Mr Johnson has repeatedly said he will “get Brexit done” and deliver the UK’s exit from the Brussels bloc by the end of January next year.
And, readers are fully behind the Prime Minister, with 84 percent (7,153 participants) saying they trust Mr Johnson to deliver Brexit.
Just 13 percent (1,129) of readers said they did not trust Mr Johnson to deliver Brexit, while three percent opted for the ‘Don’t know’ (263) option.
The Express.co.uk poll took place on Thursday 19 December from 3.45pm to 10pm, and say a total of 8,545 voters take part.
The views of the readers reflected the support for the Prime Minister, but some did warn the Brexit they want, with all EU ties cut, may not be delivered.
One reader wrote: “We live in the hope that he will deliver us a true Brexit.”
A second added: “I actually think he will deliver Brexit because he knows the votes he got from Labour lands were leave voters and if he betrays them the Tories won’t win again there for another hundred years or more!”
Another said: “We have to hope that Boris will deliver…If he doesn’t, not only will the Conservatives lose their loaned lie bore votes they will lose a lot more besides and come the next general election…doesn’t bear thinking about.”
One reader quipped: “With a majority of 80 he’d better!”
But, one reader warned: “Yes he will deliver Brexit – whether it will be the completely clean break most of us want, we shall just have to wait and see – but if the EU start pushing their luck, as I suspect they will, I’m sure that is exactly what we will get…”
The Prime Minister has said that he will “finish the job” that was started in 2016 and give “certainty” to businesses and the country by passing his Withdrawal Agreement in January.
After Mr Johnson won a landslide at the general election and secured an 80-seat majority in the Commons, the vote on Friday is expected to pass without a hitch for the Government.
The Bill will then complete its remaining legal stages in both Houses of Parliament and be given Royal Assent in the new year, paving the way for the UK to leave the EU by the January 31 deadline.
Mr Johnson said: “Today we will deliver on the promise we made to the people and get the Brexit vote wrapped up for Christmas.
“Now MPs will start the process of passing the Bill. Then, at the beginning of the new decade, at the beginning of a new dawn for our country, our parliamentarians will return to Westminster to immediately finish the job, take us out of the EU on January 31 and move this country forward.
“After years of delay and rancour in Parliament, we will deliver certainty and hard-working businesses and people across this country will have a firm foundation on which to plan for the future.
“Next year will be a great year for our country – the year we get Brexit done, boost NHS funding, invest in infrastructure and level up access to opportunity and prosperity across our great nation.
“It will mark the start of a new decade where the United Kingdom will champion trade, innovation and science and meet global challenges with old friends and new across the world.”
Changes have been made to the Bill since it was last before the Commons in October.
Mr Johnson has inserted a clause that will legally prohibit his Government from extending the transition period – the 11-months buffer during which his team will look to negotiate a trade deal with Brussels – beyond 2020.
Downing Street also claimed parliament will also be given “greater oversight” of the withdrawal process with a requirement for ministers to report annually on disputes with the EU after Britain has left.
Ministers also intend to repeal Brexit-delaying legislation, known as the Cooper Act and the Benn Act, that “now serves no purpose”, said Number 10.
We have to hope that Boris will deliver