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Johnson defends against ‘tories’ the use of the term “surrender” to talk about the law against Brexit without a pact

September 26, 2019

LONDON, Sep 26 (Reuters / EP) –

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has defended before the parliamentarians of his party the use of the term “surrender law” to refer to the rule that requires him to request an extension to Brussels to avoid a Brexit without agreement, following the criticisms received Labor MPs and some conservatives for the way he addressed the issue on Wednesday in the House of Commons.

In a meeting this Thursday of the 1922 Committee, the commission that brings together conservative deputies, the prime minister has justified that he speaks of “act of surrender” to refer to the rule with the argument that it weakens his position before Brussels in the negotiation that maintained by Brexit.

Opposition deputies and some 'tories' have criticized the 'premier' for the offensive language he used Wednesday in his appearance at the Commons when using that term of surrender to refer to a norm ratified by the Parlamenot. Some parliamentarians have lamented that his speech will deepen the division and that it can even be interpreted as an incitement to violence against parliamentarians.

Before the 1922 Committee, Johnson has insisted on Thursday that the rule to prevent Brexit without an agreement with Brussels “is an act of surrender” because it undermines its position vis-à-vis the community negotiators. In addition, he said that threats against parliamentarians are taken very seriously, as explained by a 'tory' who has been at the meeting.

The prime minister has also transferred his party mates who still have room to reach an agreement to leave the European Union on October 31 although he has admitted that negotiations with Ireland are “difficult.”

Along the same lines, Johnson has talked about progress in the Brexit talks, although community authorities have said he still has to move “legal and operational” proposals to try to solve the issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.