Newly-installed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday promised to deliver Brexit on October 31 “no ifs, no buts” and prove wrong “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters”.
Speaking outside his Downing Street office after being formally appointed, Johnson — one of the key figures behind the 2016 Brexit referendum — promised to do a “new deal” with Brussels.
The President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has however warned Johnson of “challenging times ahead” over his plan to renegotiate Brexit. Von der Leyen said that all parties have a “duty to deliver something which is good for people in Europe and the United Kingdom”.
But, in a cautionary statement, she also warned there would be challenging times ahead, with the bloc and Johnson set to lock horns in the coming weeks over his vow to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement brokered between the EU and outgoing UK leader Theresa May or leave on the scheduled departure date of October 31 without a deal.