BORIS Johnson today warned Tory Remainers they are driving the Conservatives towards “extinction” if they block attempts to deliver Brexit.
The would-be next PM hit out at attempts by a pro-EU cabal to stop No Deal by taking cash away from Government departments.
Speaking to Tory members at a hustings event in Exeter, BoJo blasted: “People have different views about this question – but I think we’re coming together now as a party that we’re facing down the barrel of electoral extinction unless we get this over the line.
“I think that is concentrating the minds of colleagues.”
Mr Johnson’s father Stanley and Jeremy Hunt’s sister made the hustings a family affair as they turned up to cheer their relatives.
As the two rivals ramped up the charm offensive to party activists:
- Boris denied calling the French “turds” over Brexit
- Team Hunt slammed BoJo for “getting facts wrong” and dubbed him a “circus act”
- Mr Johnson hit out at Vladimir Putin, vowing to stop him destroying the West
- The frontrunner was said to have offered Sajid Javid a job as Chancellor
- Boris unveiled his three-point plan to save Britain’s high streets
Last night controversy broke out after it was claimed Mr Johnson called the French “turds” when he was Foreign Secretary.
The comment was reportedly removed from a BBC documentary at the request of the Foreign Office.
Asked if he’d insulted France, Boris today quipped “Pas du tout” – French for “Not at all”.
The No10 frontrunner also took aim at Russian leader Putin for claiming that the liberal order is now dying.
He told the Evening Standard: “Vladimir Putin will be proved wrong by history – liberalism will continue to triumph.”
Mr Hunt and his allies have taken an increasingly punchy stance towards Boris in a bid to dent his massive lead among Tory activists.
Last night the Foreign Secretary published an open letter slamming BoJo’s Brexit policy, which includes negotiating a trade deal during the two-year transition period.
He blasted: “We must be careful to face the facts as we find them. Will you be straight with people that No Deal means no implementation period?”
Mr Hunt added: “Over the past few days you have got some important facts wrong.
“I believe it is now more vital than ever that we conduct head-to-head debate this week before ballot papers go out, so party members can make up their minds if you – and indeed I – understand the detail on these crucial issues.”
His supporter Sir Alan Duncan told the BBC today: “You can have a circus act or a really serious person who does do detail and who is respected in other countries.”
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The Times reported that Boris has already offered Sajid Javid, who came fourth in the leadership race, the key job of Chancellor if he becomes PM.
Sources close to Mr Johnson and Mr Javid denied the claim.
BoJo last night rolled out his plan to rescue Britain’s struggling high streets by cutting planning red tape, promoting free cash machines and ploughing more cash into local areas.
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