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Boris Johnson, “the Incredible Hulk” prepares to fight UK ban on no-deal Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened himself to the unruly comic book character The Incredible Hulk as he stressed his determination to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31.

The Mail on
Sunday newspaper reported that Johnson said he would find a way to
circumvent a recent parliament vote ordering him to delay Brexit rather than
take Britain out of the EU without a transition deal to ease the economic
shock.

“The madder
Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets,” Johnson was quoted as saying.

“Hulk always
escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case
for this country. We will come out on October 31.”

Britain’s
parliament has repeatedly rejected the exit deal Johnson’s predecessor Theresa
May negotiated with the EU, and this month rejected leaving without a deal –
angering many Britons who voted to leave the bloc more than three years ago.

Johnson has
said he wants to negotiate a new deal that does not involve a ‘backstop’, which
would potentially tie Britain against its will to EU rules after it leaves in
order to avoid checks on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The EU has
so far insisted on the backstop, and Britain has not presented any detailed
alternative.

Nonetheless,
Johnson said he was “very confident” ahead of a meeting with European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday.

“There’s a
very, very good conversation going on about how to address the issues of the
Northern Irish border. A huge amount of progress is being made,” Johnson said,
without giving details.

Johnson drew
parallels between Britain’s situation in Brexit talks and the frustrations felt
by fictional scientist Bruce Banner, who when enraged turned into The
Incredible Hulk, frequently leaving behind a trail of destruction.

“Banner
might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them,” he
said.

Earlier on
Saturday, former Conservative minister Sam Gyimah said he was switching to
the pro-EU Liberal Democrat party in protest at Johnson’s Brexit policies and
political style.

His
defection is the sixth to the Lib Dems this year and comes just days after a
similar move by Conservative MP Phillip Lee.

The
43-year-old was once viewed as a rising star in the Conservatives and briefly
ran against Johnson for the party leadership.

But he said
Saturday: “Boris Johnson created a stark choice for moderate, progressive MPs
in the Conservative Party – to accept a no deal Brexit or walk away from public
life.

“I choose to
continue to fight for the values I have always believed in, as a Liberal
Democrat.”

Opinion
polls late on Saturday painted a conflicting picture of the Conservative
Party’s political fortunes under Johnson, who wants to hold an early election
to regain a working majority in parliament.

A poll
conducted by Opinium for The Observer newspaper showed
Conservative support rose to 37 per cent from 35 per cent over the past week,
while Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour held at 25 per cent and Liberal Democrat support
dropped to 16 per cent from 17 per cent. Support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit
Party remained at 13 per cent.

However, a
separate poll by ComRes for the Sunday Express put Conservative
support at just 28 per cent, down from 30 per cent and only a shade ahead of
Labour at 27 per cent.

ComRes said
just 12 per cent of the more than 2,000 people it survey thought Britain’s
parliament could be trusted to do the right thing for the country.

Source:
AFP/Bloomberg/scmp.com

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