Boris: PM Must Use Vote Against ‘Fake Brexit’ Deal to Drive Harder Bargain with EU

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LONDON (AP) — Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to use her crushing parliamentary defeat as leverage to get a better Brexit deal from European Union leaders.

Johnson said Friday that May would be able to persuade EU leaders to substantially modify the withdrawal plan if she shows enough “gumption” in crisis EU talks.

He says the scope of her historic defeat in Parliament means EU leaders will know they have to make concessions in order to come up with an agreement that would win parliamentary approval.

Johnson dodged a question as to whether he would support May as Conservative Party leader if she calls a sudden election to try to end the Brexit stalemate.

He said he didn’t think an election would be called.

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