’PLEASE LEAVE MY TOWN’ — Boris Johnson heckled in front of cameras
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first two months in office have been quite a rough ride — with the British leader quickly losing support from his party and his own brother — but the Brexit hardliner has now learned he’s not even welcome in at least one part of England.
“Please leave my town,” a constituent politely asked him while shaking his hand during Johnson’s visit to Yorkshire County on Thursday.
The Conservative politician, appearing surprised and embarrassed, quickly replied, “I will, very soon.”
He was one of at least two men who publicly confronted Johnson in front of TV cameras. The other called on the prime minister to spend more time with the European Union negotiating Brexit, which is currently scheduled to happen Oct. 31, with or without a deal.
“You’re playing games,” the frustrated Morley resident told him. “You should be in Brussels negotiating. Where is the negotiation going on?”
Johnson patiently listened to the man’s concerns and struggled to respond.
“We are on the verge of getting a deal,” the prime minister replied, adding that “we are negotiating."
“You are not. You are in Morley in Leeds,” the man interrupted as several people recorded the exchange on their phones.
Johnson favors leaving the EU as scheduled even if there’s no deal, but he has been calling for early elections so the British people can make a decision. Lawmakers this week rejected his calls and moved to prevent him from taking Britain out of the bloc without a divorce agreement.
His own brother, Jo Johnson, abandoned him this week by quitting as an education minister and resigning from Parliament.
“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest — it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister. #overandout," he tweeted on Thursday.