Boris Johnson drinks again - despite pledge to give up alcohol until Brexit is sorted

Boris Johnson, drinks from a pint at the Lych Gate Tavern in Wolverhampton. Photograph: Stefan Rouss

Boris Johnson, drinks from a pint at the Lych Gate Tavern in Wolverhampton. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Boris Johnson has broken his booze ban for a second time on the election trail.

As previously reported, the prime minister had claimed he would not drink until Brexit is sorted - with the first phase of the UK's withdrawal set for January 31.

But he failed to show restraint and maintain his "do or dry" pledge after pulling a pint in a Wolverhampton pub.

Johnson, who previously made a "do or die" pledge to deliver Brexit by October 31, got behind the bar to pull a pint of BFG (Bradley's Finest Golden).

Asked if he would taste the beer, he replied: "I'm not allowed to drink until Brexit is done."

He added "I'll whet my whistle" before indulging in a sip.


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Pub landlord Dave Buck jokingly held the pint aloft and offered it to customers for £80, but there were no takers.

Buck also joked that Johnson's pint-pulling technique was "terrible" and said the PM would not be offered a job behind the bar.

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But he told the PA news agency: "It was a pleasure to meet him and it was in good spirit - pardon the pun - that he came behind the bar.

"Yes, you can tell he's poured a pint before and possibly drank one."

Johnson first made reference to his apparent alcohol ban during a hospital visit last week.

It emerged less than 24 hours after he was seen sipping whisky during a distillery visit in Scotland.

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