Video of Boris Johnson promising we won't still be talking about Brexit in 2020 goes viral

Andy Wells
·Freelance Writer
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to workers during a Conservative Party general election campaign visit to John Smedley Mill in Matlock, central England, on December 5, 2019. - Britain will go to the polls on December 12, 2019 to vote in a pre-Christmas general election. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson speaks to workers during the 2019 general election campaign visit to John Smedley Mill in Matlock. (Getty)

With the days running out for a deal with the EU to be struck, Brexit has started to dominate the headlines once again.

Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen met in Brussels and agreed that a decision on the future of the negotiations will be taken by the end of the weekend.

The issue has now become as high on the government’s agenda as the coronavirus pandemic – but a video of the PM dismissing claims that Brexit would still be constantly spoken about in 2020 has resurfaced.

In the video, which was filmed during the general election campaign in 2019, Bloomberg reporter Joe Mayes asks Johnson: “When a Brit voter turns to you in the middle of 2020 and says, ‘Mr Johnson, you said that Brexit would be done so why do I keep hearing about it on the TV, radio, reading about it in the newspapers and the negotiations with the EU…prime minister you said it would be done.’

“What would you say to that voter?”

Johnson, whose general election slogan was ‘Get Brexit Done’, replies: “I don't think that such a person will put that question in that way because I think actually what will happen is it will be done.”

The clip has now gone viral, with many mocking the prime minister for his comments:

Tweeters were quick to criticise Boris Johnson for his previous comments. (Twitter)
Tweeters were quick to criticise Boris Johnson for his previous comments. (Twitter)
Some tweeters suggested there was a reason for keeping Brexit in the headlines. (Twitter)
Some tweeters suggested there was a reason for keeping Brexit in the headlines. (Twitter)

With the prospect of a no-deal outcome, Brussels has stepped up its preparations and held out the prospect of emergency agreements aimed at keeping planes flying and lorries crossing to the Continent.

One of the contingency measures proposed by von der Leyen is for EU fishing boats to continue to enjoy access to UK waters during 2021, an area which has been one of the main sticking points in the trade negotiations.

Penny Mordaunt, a minister in the Cabinet Office, on Thursday said the UK would continue negotiating until the last.

Answering an urgent question in the Commons, she said: “We are going to do everything we can to secure a deal.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 09: Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen meet for a dinner during they will try to reach a breakthrough on a post-Brexit trade deal on December 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The British prime minister's visit marked his most high-profile involvement in the talks over a post-Brexit trade deal, which has remained elusive despite months of EU and UK negotiating teams shuttling between London and Brussels. (Photo by Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen meet for a dinner to to try and reach a breakthrough on a post-Brexit trade deal. (Getty)

“We will carry on negotiating in talks until there is no hope of that happening, but at the moment there is hope of that happening, even though things do appear gloomy.”

Negotiations have faltered on fishing rights, the level playing field – measures aimed at preventing the UK undercutting the EU on standards and state subsidies – and the way that any deal would be governed.

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