Boris Johnson Vows To Deliver Brexit Despite Supreme Court Blow
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the Supreme Court ruling against him has hindered his attempt to get a Brexit deal but that as the law currently stands, the United Kingdom would leave the European Union on October 31.
"As the law currently stands, the UK leaves the EU on October 31st come what may but the exciting thing for us now is to get a good deal," Johnson told reporters in New York on Tuesday.
"And that is what we are working on. And to be honest it is not made much easier by this kind of stuff in parliament or in the courts," he said.
"As the law stands, we leave on October 31 and I am very hopeful that we will get a deal and I think what the people of the country want is to see parliamentarians coming together working in the national interest to get this thing done and that is what we are going to do," he added.
Johnson was reacting after the Supreme Court ruled he had unlawfully suspended parliament.
"Obviously this is a verdict that we will respect and we respect the judicial process," he said.
"I have to say that I strongly disagree with what the justices have found. I don't think that it's right but we will go ahead and of course parliament will come back."
Meanwhile, a Downing Street source said Johnson would not resign and would fly back to London after his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday.
He had been due to leave New York on Wednesday.
Asked about the conference of Johnson's Conservative Party, which is due to begin on Sunday, the source said that Johnson had not yet had any discussion with the House of Commons speaker about which days parliament will sit.