On Wednesday Boris Johnson launched his campaign for the Conservative leadership, he said “he is not aiming for a no-deal outcome.”
However, he said leaving a no-deal on the table is a “vital tool of negotiation” and the country “must do better than the current withdrawal agreement.”
He added, “Delay means defeat, delay means Corbyn.”
The attorney general Geoffrey Cox who introduced Johnson and is a backer said there are many “candidates of high quality” in the leadership contest.
Cox said, “We need a personality big enough, strong enough to rise to the challenge,” and “we need a leader who can unify our party.”
Adding, the Tory Party needs to “outcampaign” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
Johnson started by saying the economy has grown much faster the Europe since the 2016 EU referendum.
He told his audience that “commercial dynamism” is insulting for the British public, along with the “crisis in our politics.”
On Brexit he said that there is a “morass at Westminster” along with “despair.”
Those who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum “want to be heard.”
“Now is the time to unite this country and unite this society.”
However, the Conservative Party are unable to deliver that request until Brexit is delivered to the voters of the EU referendum.
“After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave on 31 October.”
Speaking on a no-deal Brexit, he said, “I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome.
“I don’t think we will end up with any such thing.
“But it is only responsible to prepare for one.”
He finds it “astonishing” that anyone could suggest taking a no-deal of the table, and said the UK needs “guts and courage” to be prepared for a no-deal Brexit.