BORIS Johnson snatched a 14 point poll lead from Jeremy Corbyn today as the public backed his hardball tactics to wrench Britain from the EU.
The Conservative Party is polling at 35 per cent while Labour lags behind at 21 per cent, according to a new YouGov survey.
Meanwhile, the Lib Dems are sitting at 19 per cent and the Brexit Party is holding just 12 per cent.
Labour’s four per cent drop come as Jeremy Corbyn was labelled a “chicken” for blocking Mr Johnson’s calls for a snap general election.
And the Tory party’s lead suggests voters are impressed with Mr Johnson’s hardball tactics on Brexit – with it emerging today he was plotting to sabotage EU decision-making in a bid to break the deadlock.
Sources claimed Mr Johnson’s team were prepared to “take a chainsaw to anything” standing in its way, The Sunday Times reported.
It comes as…
- Ms Rudd quit as Pensions Secretary over “good, loyal, moderate Conservatives” being kicked out of the party
- Javid denied that Boris would break the law to deliver Brexit or resign as PM
- The Chanceller said the Prime Minister was “straining every sinew” to reach a new agreement with Brussels
- Nigel Farage opened the door to an election pact with the Tories to deliver Brexit
- France’s foreign minister said it would refuse another delay to Brexit in current circumstances
BoJo’s high stakes tactics also saw him vow to ignore new legislation blocking a No Deal Brexit.
The PM – who was encouraged to become a “martyr” for Brexit – didn’t back down when he was faced with warnings he could face jail for ignoring the new law.
And Chancellor Sajid Javid said the PM was “straining every sinew” to reach a new agreement with Brussels after Amber Rudd quit the Cabinet last night.
Ms Rudd had claimed Mr Johnson was not spending enough time on getting a new deal, saying: “Its 80-90 per cent of government time going into no deal.”
It comes as it was revealed Mr Johnson, who said he would rather “die in a ditch” than push back the October 31 deadline, sanctioned a brash ruse to tie the EU up in knots – using their own laws.
He will refuse to appoint a new European Commissioner if forced to extend our membership beyond October 31.
This will mean they are not legally constituted because it must have 28 commissioners, one from each member state.
And if they try to reduce the number, Mr Johnson will use his power of veto to block it.
That will leave the EU unable to carry out any useful function and stop colluding with Remainer MPs to thwart the referendum result.
The Prime Minister is next expected to go to the EU Summit on October 17 to seek a deal with Brussels.
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On Monday Mr Johnson will make a second attempt to trigger a by-election – and warn of the consequences if they don’t.
An insider said: “The strategy of Jeremy Corbyn and others is to force the PM to break his promise to leave the EU and get someone else to do the dirty work of extending. But it won’t wash.”
Meanwhile, France’s foreign minister today said they would refuse to give Britain another extension.
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