Charlie Mullins, who has campaigned for another referendum on leaving the European Union, has admitted he would support Brexit-backing Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson. Mr Mullins, the managing director of Pimlico Plumbers, has shifted his support to the Liberal Democrats but has said he would abandon them if Mr Johnson became Prime Minister. He told talkRADIO: ‘“I think we have a clear new Prime Minister coming up.”
Asked who he thought would be the next leader, Mr Mullins quickly replied: “Boris.”
He added: “This is not really about Brexit no longer, this is about somebody leading the country.
“Somebody that we can be inspired by and somebody that can get people back together.”
TalkRADIO host James Whale stepped in pointing out that Mr Johnson has pledged to take the UK out of the European Union, with or without a deal at the end of October.
This is not really about Brexit no longer, this is about someone leading the country
Mr Mullins said: “I think that is going to be out of his control.
“I have said from day one that there will be a second referendum, and I am sticking to that.”
Mr Mullins claimed that he would abandon his support for the Liberal Democrats and return to backing the Tories if Mr Johnson became Prime Minister.
He said: “I have already backed another party, I have jumped in beds with the Lib Dems.
“Would I go back to supporting the Conservatives if Boris Johnson was Prime Minister? The answer is yes. Undoubtedly.
“I think he has stepped up to the mark, the man is not a fool, for sure.
“Let’s not kid anyone. He did a great job as London Mayor for two terms. People supported him, people got behind him, he got the country back together, and I think that is what he is going to do now.”
On Wednesday, the former foreign secretary launched his campaign to take over from Mrs May as Conservative Party leader.
During his speech, Mr Johnson vowed to deliver Brexit with or without a deal by the end of October.
He said: “Now is the time to unite this country and unite this society, and we cannot begin that task until we have delivered on the primary request of the people; the one big thing they have asked us to do. After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on October 31.
“We simply will not get a result if we give the slightest hint that we want to go on kicking the can down the road with yet more delay. Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.
“With every week and month that goes by in which we fail to deliver on our promise I am afraid we will further alienate not just our natural supporters but anyone who believes that politicians should deliver on their promises.”
On Thursday, the first ballot on the next Conservative Party leader will take place. Candidates will need to win five percent of the vote (a total of 17 MPs) to move on to the next round – if they don’t, they’ll be eliminated from the race.
A second ballot for leader will then take place between June 18 and June 20, where MPs will need to secure 10 percent of the vote (a total of 33 MPs) to stay in the race.
The final pair of candidates will begin hustings events in front of paid-up Conservative Party members, before the final vote from members on July 22.
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