Mercer: Boris Has ‘Watertight Commitment’ to Leaving the EU on October 31

Johnny Mercer was first out to bat for Team Boris on the Today Programme after Boris’ place in the final two was confirmed. Mercer made clear that Boris had a “watertight commitment” to leaving on 31st October “come what may” and talked up the “fundamental” importance of respecting the Brexit vote. This is what Tory members will want to hear…

Mercer also made the underappreciated point that there have been plenty of times when the EU and numerous experts in the UK have declared something to be impossible, only for it to happen anyway. As Leo Varadkar pointed out yesterday, there are two sides in the negotiation, and many on the EU side are increasingly hostile to any further extension. Parliament can vote as many times as it likes, it can’t unilaterally prevent no deal in a two-sided negotiation. The only certainty the UK can have is to prepare full-out for no deal so the country is ready however the negotiations play out…

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Mercer: We Have to Pick Someone Who Wins – That’s Boris

The Tory leadership field has got marginally less crowded after outside contender Johnny Mercer formally announced on Peston that he wouldn’t be running – and gave a ringing endorsement of Boris Johnson instead:

“The one thing we’ve been missing is leadership… it’s very clear to me that there’s one individual who can try and govern from the centre-right… and that is Boris Johnson…

“We are in parlous times and the only individual who is going to beat Farage and Corbyn and win an election… we have to pick someone who wins.”

Mercer hints that he will be a big part of Team Boris, he reveals that he’s had “many conversations” with him and that “we’re going to try and do it together, go out try and inspire the party, bring them together”. Dominic Grieve and Wes Streeting are predictably amused but there has been a big softening of attitudes towards Boris among many longtime “anyone but Boris” Tories, he has been publicly courting the ‘One Nation’ caucus, even Ruth Davidson has now said she can work with him. Panicking Tory MPs are watching their party’s catastrophic slide in the polls and desperately looking around for a winner, many are coming to the same conclusion as Mercer…

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MP Admits Knife GPS Tracker Idea Was ‘Probably A Bit Sh*t’

Scott Mann has made a pretty decent recovery from his hilariously bad ‘knife GPS’ idea this morning, reading through joke tweet replies with Johnny Mercer. Although Guido agrees he does have a point about knife crime being a serious issue. 17.4 million people were stabbed in the back yesterday…

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Constituent Challenges Johnny Mercer to a Fight

Johnny Mercer has released an unexpected answerphone message from a constituent who rang up his office last night to ask: “how do I go about arranging a fight with Johnny Mercer?” At least he didn’t do it on the Plymouth Herald comments section…

The caller goes on to explain: “I absolutely hate Tories and I’ve always wanted to punch one in the face” before politely asking if Mercer’s office can confirm the date “if you can work out when he’s available for fighting”. Mercer served three tours of Afghanistan during his time in the British Army, it’s fair to say that he isn’t too fussed about this particular challenge…

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Kay Burley’s Bust-Up With Johnny Mercer

Kay Burley’s run on Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted sadly came to an end last night after getting dobbed in by a Warburton’s manager, although not before she managed to have a stand-up row with her accomplice Johnny Mercer MP. Mercer somewhat unadvisedly told her she was having a “complete meltdown” after she complained that he had “just f**ked off” and abandoned her. Mercer’s diplomatic skills haven’t been quite as polished as usual of late…

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Mercer on Corbyn

Johnny Mercer on Corbyn’s Russia response:

“I think I’ve just seen the most shameful moment I’ve seen in the House of Commons in my time to date”

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