Will Boris Johnson resign and what was his ‘dangerous language’?

Will Boris Johnson resign and what was his ‘dangerous language’?

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BORIS Johnson was unapologetic as he dashed back from New York to address a seething Commons.

But could the PM join his two predecessors in resigning from the top job? Here’s the latest.

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Will Boris Johnson resign?

Boris Johnson is facing calls to step down after the Supreme Court found his suspension of Parliament “unlawful” in an historic ruling on September 24, 2019.

Crowing at Johnson’s defeat, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn invited him to become the shortest serving Prime Minister in history.

But so far he’s defiantly shaken off demands to resign – and accused the highest court of making the wrong decision.

Addressing the reconvened Commons on September 25, Johnson stormed: “We will not betray the people who sent us here!

“We will continue to challenge the opposition parties to uphold democracy.

“This parliament will keep delaying, will keep sabotaging negotiations because they don’t want a deal.”

And he said the electorate were being help captive by a “zombie Parliament” and a “zombie opposition”.

The PM has also thrown the gauntlet down again to Remainer MPs to call a General Election to face their “day of reckoning”.

Opposition MPs could be eager to avoid a General Election at this stage, since it could allow a No Deal to sneak through.

Labour’s Paula Sherriff blasted Boris Johnson for using ‘inflammatory’ language in the Commons
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What was his ‘dangerous language’?

After flying back from New York to address waiting MPs, Johnson was accused of using inflammatory language in his speech.

Johnson had described legislation passed in September, 2019, as a “surrender” and “betrayal”.

He also said the passing of the law to prevent a No Deal Brexit was a “betrayal” and slammed those who’d backed it as a “traitor”.

Labour’s Paula Sherriff blasted the language used, as she pointed to a plaque in the House of Commons paying tribute to Jo Cox, the MP murdered days before the 2016 EU Referendum.

Ms Sherriff said: “We should not resort to using offensive, dangerous or inflammatory language for legislation that we do not like, and we stand here under the shield of our departed friend with many of us in this place subject to death threats and abuse every single day.

“They often quote his words ‘Surrender Act’, ‘betrayal’, ‘traitor’ and I for one am sick of it.

“We must moderate our language, and it has to come from the prime minister first.”

Mr Johnson responded by slamming the criticism “humbug” and said the best way to honour Jo Cox was “to get Brexit done”.


He was greeted by howls of disbelief, with some MPs leaving the chambers in protest.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the PM’s language “was indistinguishable from the far right”.

And Jo’s widow Brendan Cox said he felt “sick” at her name being used in their way.


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