Boris Johnson tells Remainers 'put a sock in it' as he declares second referendum dead


Boris Johnson today told Remain campaigners to “put a sock in it” as he declared a second referendum well and truly dead after his thumping election victory.

The Prime Minister boasted “we did it!” a jubilant 7am rally behind a new blue backdrop that declared “the people’s government”.

Clutching 363 Commons seats with just two left to declare, he thanked Labour voters for “lending” their support to the Tories – even if they switch back when Jeremy Corbyn is done.

But he also sent a blunt message to ‘Stop Brexit ‘ campaigner Steve Bray – who has protested outside Parliament – after the Lib Dems scored a dismal 11 seats.

He said: “I say respectfully to our stentorian friend in the blue 12 star hat. That’s it. Time to put a sock in the megaphone and give everybody some peace.”

And he warned Parliament would have to be reformed – appearing to fulfil a wide-ranging threat on page 48 of the Tory manifesto to “look at the broader aspects of our constitution.”

The bullish Tory leader hailed his party’s best result since 1987 at a morning rally

Mr Johnson sent an even blunter message to MPs who complained of abuse for doing their job – many of whom blamed Tory language of Brexit “betrayal” for egging trolls on.

He declared: “We’ve even been arguing about arguing, and about the tone of our arguments. I will put an end to all that nonsense and we will get Brexit done on time by 31 January.”

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He added: “With this election I think we’ve put an end to all those miserable threats of a second referendum.”

Mr Johnson also repeated the lies of 40 new hospitals and 50,000 nurses that dominated his election campaign – but despite being repeatedly and widely debunked, did not stop him taking office.

Addressing cheering Tory supporters in central London, before stepping through No10 with girlfriend Carrie Symonds by his side, he said: “We did it! We did it! We pulled it off didn’t we!

“We broke the deadlock, we ended the gridlock, we smashed the roadblock.”

He did it before stepping through No10 with girlfriend Carrie Symonds

To Labour voters, he added: “You may only have lent us your vote you may not think of yourself as a natural Tory.

“Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper before you put your cross in the Conservative box and you may intend to return to Labour next time round.

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“And if that is the case I am humbled you have put your trust in me and you have put your trust in us.

“And I and we will never take your support for granted.

“I will make it my mission to work night and day flat out to prove you right in voting for me this time and to earn your support in the future.”

But Mr Johnson warned Parliament must change so it is working for the British people.

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Mr Johnson warned Parliament must change so it is working for the British people

He said: “In winning this election we have won votes and the trust of people who have never voted Conservative before and people have always voted for other parties. Those people want change. We cannot, must not, must not, let them down.

“And in delivering change we must change too.

“We must recognise the incredible reality that we now speak as a one nation Conservative Party literally for everyone from Woking to Workington, from Kensington I’m proud to say to Clwyd South, from Surrey Heath to Sedgefield, from Wimbledon to Wolverhampton.”

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He added: “Parliament must change so that we in Parliament are working for you the British people.”

Before the rally Michael Gove said: “Both the Durham Miners Gala and the Notting Hill Carnival will take place in seats represented by Conservative MPs.”

He made the claim despite Labour holding City of Durham, even if North West Durham was lost to the Tories.

At the end Mr Johnson added: “Let’s get Brexit gone. But first my friends, let’s get breakfast done”.





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