BORIS JOHNSON hit the campaign trail yesterday and insisted his Brexit deal is ‘oven-ready’ and now just needs to go in the microwave.
The prime minister said Britain will leave the European Union ‘by the absolute latest by January next year’ as he blamed parliament for thwarting his October 31 ‘do or die’ pledge.
On a visit to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge he said he was ‘incredibly frustrated’ at missing the target.
‘We had a fantastic deal on the table; the House of Commons voted it through then they voted again for delay,’ he said.
‘We have an oven-ready deal; let’s put it in the microwave as soon as we get back after the election on December 12.’
Two new polls gave the PM a commanding head start yesterday, with a YouGov survey showing a 15 per cent lead for the Conservatives over Labour, and an Ipsos Mori poll putting the gap at 17 per cent.
But Mr Johnson was heckled by some staff and accused of a PR stunt as he left Addenbrooke’s.
‘He was scared to be asked questions by the general public,’ said junior doctor Julia Simons, 23. Later, on a school visit to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Mr Johnson joined a class sorting through past and present pictures of London.
‘You know what they used to do?’ he said, holding up a picture of London Bridge. ‘They used to stick the decapitated heads of the enemies on spikes.’
The former London mayor then held up a black and white picture and suggested it was from the past.
‘It looks dirtier,’ one child observed.
‘That was when (former mayor) Ken Livingstone was running it,’ quipped Mr Johnson.
■ A GRANT of £100,000 awarded to a company run by US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, who was linked to Boris Johnson, was ‘appropriate’, according to a government review. It comes after Ms Arcuri denied reports that she received favouritism during Mr Johnson’s eight years as London mayor.