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what a twat (for saying that he wouldn't)
He said he would "die in a ditch" rather than request an extension but
he also said he would not break the law so did he /actually/ ever say he
would not send the letter?
He did, yes, at the shambolic event where he addressed the police cadets.
I heard the recording on LBC today. But online I can only find a
Asked if he could promise to the British public that he would not go to
Brussels and ask for another delay to Brexit, Johnson said: ?Yes I can.
I?d rather be dead in a ditch.?
"Can you make a promise today to the British public that you will not go
back to Brussels and ask for another delay to Brexit?" "Yes. I can".
I suppose he could be pedantic and say that sending the letter does not
involve "going back to Brussels".
He has either said he would not send the letter or he has not, and it
seems to me that if he has not (and I do not know if he has or not) then
those who are claiming he has are the only liars here.
But in any case - that clip is dated 5 September and the Benn Bill did
not receive Royal Assent until 9 September so however you choose to
interpret his words they were seeming said before there was a law in
place to compel him to request a extension.
That argument is patently ridiculous. Was he clinging to the hope that
the Queen would refuse Royal Assent?
I have no idea why he is chose to say what he did or when he chose to
say it but that does not change the facts that a) he does not seem to
have ever said he would not send this letter and b) the comments that
are being to used against him to give the impression he did were made
before the Benn Bill became law.
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He knew what Parliament had commanded him to do, and he was telling his
captive audience that he was promising that he wouldn't do it.
I believe he said he would rather die in a ditch than request an
You, and many others, keep quoting the "die in a ditch" phrase, knowing
that it is just a meaningless rhetorical flourish. Because unfortunately
Boris hasn't promised to die in a ditch any time soon.
You keep ignoring the words I quoted. "Can you make a promise today to
the British public that you will not go back to Brussels and ask for
another delay to Brexit?" "Yes. I can".
That's a promise not to ask Brussels for an extension. That is therefore
a promise not to write a letter.
Now, see how easy that was?
Someone, probably his best chum Dominic, has probably told Boris that
the way forward is to keep promising to deliver Brexit on time and
you'll be forgiven for failing if you never waver in your conviction
that you will deliver Brexit on time. It must be from some sort of
salesman's training manual.