20:50 GMT26 January 2021
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    MPs clashed earlier over if the government should be given the right to dismiss the parliament and control the Brexit agenda, as well as if the MPs are granted the right to prevent a no-deal.

    UK PM candidate Boris Johnson has pointed out in a televised debate that the prophecies of a disastrous no-deal Brexit are in actual fact not accurate, adding that it would be bizarre to signal that the British government would run up the white flag and would delay the process again. He stressed that the country "has got to be out" by the 31 October deadline.

    "It needs to happen by October 31, and we need to get on and do it," he told BBC radio. "All those who say that we should delay ... I think they risk doing terminal damage to trust in politics. We have to get on and do this. We've got to be out by October 31."

    He pointed out that by preparing for the deadline, the country will thereby prevent a no-deal from happening, more particularly, "by getting out on no-deal terms." The politician continued still further stating he doesn't "want to leave with a WTO solution."

    "I accept the EU will say we can't accept that about the Irish border proposal," the PM candidate said, going on to note that there are still ways of arriving at a deal that do not require a hard border with Ireland - one of the long-standing stumbling blocks in the Brexit talks. Johnson went on to address the issue saying there can be well-established checks away from the border.

    When asked about instances of taking cocaine, Johnson, currently the Conservative front-runner to succeed outgoing Premier Theresa May after the first round of vote in the Tory camp, noted it was a single "inconclusive event" that occurred in his teens, adding that he has never taken the drug ever since. 

    He also responded to the question about the results of his term as Foreign Secretary, arguing that he "organised the biggest diplomatic coup" in the Salisbury poisoning case.

    On 12 June, opposition MPs lost a crucial vote on an attempt to block a future Conservative prime minister from pursuing a no-deal Brexit.

    In an attempt to unite remain and soft-Brexit MPs, the Labour Party proposed a motion which would set the stage for parliament to prevent a clean break Brexit by taking over the Commons timetable on the 25th of June and give MPs time to work out legislation that would place restrictions on the would-be government.


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