BORIS Johnson said today he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than grovel to Brussels for an extension to Brexit.
The PM told reporters staying in the EU was "totally pointless" during a speech in Wakefield, Yorkshire, this afternoon.
12 Boris said he would rather be 'dead in a ditch' than grovel to Brussels for a Brexit extensionCredit: PA:Press Association
PM Boris Johnson asked about brother Jo Johnson quitting as Tory MP over Brexit
DEAD IN A DITCH
Boris repeated his vow to take us out of the bloc by October 31 and said staying in was costing the taxpayer "a billion pounds a month".
He appeared in front of freshly trained police recruits in Wakefield after a gruelling 48 hours in the Commons.
At one point, the stresses of the events seemed to get the better of him when he bumbled trying to imitate reading a criminal their rights.
Boris was also grilled over the resignation of his Tory MP brother Jo and admitted that Brexit was an issue that "divided families".
The PM added that Remainer Jo had been a "fantastic" MP who believed the government had the "right priorities when dealing with issues that effect British people."
“[He] is a fantastic guy and was a brilliant minister for science, for universities, did a fantastic amount of good work for us, for this country, in that area.
“Jo doesn’t agree with me about the European Union because it is an issue that obviously divides families and divides everybody.
“But I think what Jo would agree is that we need to get on and sort this thing out.
Jo doesn’t agree with me about the European Union because it is an issue that obviously divides families
“What Jo certainly would agree, and I think he has said as much this afternoon, is that this government has exactly the right priorities when it comes to dealing with the issues that really matter to the British people.”
When asked if he was considering resigning himself, Boris said: "My intention as I’ve said just now, is to deliver on the mandate of the people, we have a democracy in this country and when the people of Britain take a decision parliamentarians are sworn to uphold that decision."
He again challenged Jeremy Corbyn to an election saying: "We want an election on October 15 and indeed earlier if he wants. Let's crack on with it."
The PM's speech was brought to a rather abrupt end when a police recruit appeared to faint in the background.
Looking like she was wobbling on her feet, the officer was forced to sit down right behind Boris as he spoke to reporters.
BORIS' ELECTION PLEDGE
Boris' defiant warning comes after he called for a fresh election vote on Monday – as Labour tear themselves apart over whether to back it.
Corbyn's party has descended into chaos once more after throwing out Boris' plans to go back to the nation for another vote last night.
Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party forced a damning defeat on Boris last night as the leftie boss ran scared of a vote.
He said that as soon as the rebel bill to block No Deal is passed into law, he will back an election.
Boris then agreed to let the rebel law pass through the Lords last night in a final to try and persuade Mr Corbyn into a fresh vote.
But plunging the party into a fresh row, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry suggested that the party shouldn't sign off on a poll before the Halloween Brexit deadline has been officially extended.
Boris has said he'll point blank refuse to go to Brussels and seek another extension.
This afternoon the Government revealed their plans to hold ANOTHER election vote on Monday to try and force one through.
Boris is now in a race against time to get it called before he shuts down Parliament next week.
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12 Boris visiting a police training college with Home Secretary Priti PatelCredit: PA:Press Association
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MONDAY ELECTION CALL
Mr Corbyn ran scared and refused to back an election last night – saying he wanted the rebel bill to stop a No Deal Brexit to become law first.
Only 298 MPs opted for an election – far short of the two thirds of MPs (434) he needed to get it through.
The vote was lost after Mr Corbyn ordered his MPs to abstain in the knowledge this would prevent Boris getting the two thirds majority he needed.
Meanwhile, Labour is plotting to delay an election until November after its MPs warned they would lose the vote if it came any sooner.
Mr Corbyn believes he can trap Mr Johnson by refusing to agree to his preferred date, October 15, forcing him to seek a Brexit extension before a poll is held.
The Labour chief has been in talks with the SNP and agreed not to allow an election until October 20 at the earliest.
Three of his senior ministers — John McDonnell, Emily Thornberry and Sir Keir Starmer — want it pushed back to November.
Tories accused Labour of running away from an election they've called for for years.
Boris blasted that it was because the leftie boss thinks he'll lose a snap poll.
He joked it that it was also a first that the "Opposition has opted to show confidence in Her Majesty's Government!"
"Does somebody need to get out the chicken suit?" he told ITV after the vote.
And Chancellor Sajid Javid told Sky News: "Labour are frightened of the British people, we are not".
Boris hinted he could try again and bring another election forward in the "next few days" with another vote.
He could also call a vote of no confidence in himself to try and bring an election, or could submit a new Bill in the Commons for an official election too.
But Boris is in a race against time to get an election sorted out before Parliament is prorogued next week – as he planned.
Nando’s will surely be offering Chicken Corbyn tomorrow 🐓 https://t.co/3f2uhlsNxa
— Nigel Adams MP (@nadams) September 4, 2019
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Boris' plan is to hold a vote on October 15, then storm a crunch Brussels summit on October 17 to demand a new deal, with a fresh mandate from the British people.
But Boris accused MPs of having "totally wrecked" his chances of getting a new EU deal by backing the legislation to prevent a No Deal Brexit.
He told Peston: "The truth is that we've had our chance to get a deal in Brussels on Brexit really badly damaged if not totally wrecked by the surrender bill."
Meanwhile, Nigel Farage again begged Boris for a No Deal pact in an upcoming election.
The Brexit Party leader said this morning: "If you put the support for Boris Johnson's Conservatives and the Brexit Party together, the truth is, in a general election, with a clear policy, we'd be unstoppable."
The Sun Says
FOR two years Labour has goaded the Tories into calling an election. Now, incredibly, the wretched, snivelling coward Corbyn runs away from one.
Every day he and his arrogant Marxist mob sneered “Bring it on!” Until the moment they were finally offered the chance to stand before the electorate.
Corbyn and his greasy sidekick Keir Starmer have concocted wafer-thin excuses for this monstrous U-turn. The public won’t buy them.
Boris Johnson has reluctantly accepted that voters must now decide whether to go ahead with Brexit, deal or No Deal, on October 31.
Or whether Labour and treacherous ex-Tories should be able to enforce an aimless further delay, condemning an exhausted public to more bitter division and costly uncertainty.
Labour isn’t as scared of No Deal as it is of a ballot-box reckoning. Mainly for its MPs in Leave marginals, faced now with campaigning for Remain. Labour no longer respects the 17.4million Brexit voters it has betrayed. But they have to face them in the end. Why not now?
If Corbyn truly believed he was a shoo-in for No10 he would bite Boris’s hand off for the chance to snatch the keys. But his ratings are at historic lows.
He feebly tries to claim the PM wants “to avoid scrutiny”. But Boris is literally inviting it from voters. Corbyn is chicken.
Labour knows its Brexit “policy” — “we’ll negotiate a new deal, then campaign against it” — is comically ridiculous. It knows it is grievously wounded by its anti-
Jewish racism, its ruinous economic policies, its fondness for tyrants and terrorists and its idolising of collapsed Latin American dictatorships.
It fears Boris’s Brexit-backing Tories, no matter how weak they now appear.
Corbyn was always an unpleasant dimwit and a liar. Turns out he is a bottler too.
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is frightened of losing another poll, says Chancellor Sajid Javid