Boris Johnson makes major speech on Brexit

Former foreign secretary and frontrunner in the Leave campaign Boris Johnson made a major speech over Brexit on Friday morning, January 18. He delivered his speech at English construction company JCB’s factory in Staffordshire.

Johnson claimed May should put the removal of the Irish “backstop” to the top of her list of priorities. The backstop was an agreement by UK-EU to ensure there was no hard border between Ireland and the UK. However, this would mean chaining the UK to EU’s trade policy when it comes to Irish and British dealings.

He believed extending the March 29 deadline for the triggering of Article 50 would be a “mistake.”

The former secretary said a better deal needed to be negotiated with Brussels to deliver a Brexit the British public voted for in 2015.

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