Boris Johnson backer is asked SEVEN times how he'll deliver Brexit by October 31

PUBLISHED: 10:29 19 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:16 19 June 2019

TalkRadio's Julia Hartley-Brewer couldn't get a straight answer from a hard Brexiteer MP on Boris Johnson's promises. Picture: TalkRadio

TalkRadio's Julia Hartley-Brewer couldn't get a straight answer from a hard Brexiteer MP on Boris Johnson's promises. Picture: TalkRadio


A former Northern Ireland secretary who is backing Boris Johnson couldn't answer how the Tory favourite was going to deliver Brexit by the end of October, despite being asked seven times.

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, was interviewed on TalkRadio by Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Brexiteer radio host and columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer is far from a Remainer darling but when it comes to the vast distances between Brexit reality and what the candidates are promising, she is as frustrated as anyone else.

Hartley-Brewer wanted hard Brexiteer Villiers to talk about the specifics of what Johnson was going to do to ensure Brexit happened in the face of parliamenary resistance to leaving without a deal.

"What is [Johnson] planning to do on October 31 to actually deliver Brexit - has he told you?" she asked.

Not satisfied with Villiers' first answer that parliament has voted to leave on October 31, Hartley-Brewer presses her further.

"Has he told you? Is he willing to prorogue parliament? Is he going to call a general election? What is he going to do? Because saying that's what he wants to do doesn't matter if we don't know what he's going to do if it's going to be stopped?"

"Well, he's said both publicly and privately that we'll be leaving on October 31..." said Villiers.

"For the third time," said Hartley-Brewer. "If he doesn't get a deal from the EU which parliament [is willing] to vote through, if he has to go for a no-deal and parliament votes to revoke Article 50, what has he told you as one of his supporters, as a Leave voter yourself ... what has he told you he is willing to do to make sure that happens?"

You may also want to watch:

The exchange goes back and forth with Hartley-Brewer looking increasingly exasperated, reframing the question several times. "You're going on the public airwaves to say you back him to deliver Brexit. How is he going to do it?"

If there is an answer lurking among hard Brexiteer MPs, TalkRadio was not able to fish it out.

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Latest Articles

Most Read

latest issue


Here's our pick of the upcoming Remain-focused campaign activities, talks and events nationwide.

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy