The Prime Minister was quizzed by viewers on Wednesday over his plans for the future of Britain as the UK edges closer to leaving the EU without a deal at the end of October. Boris Johnson held the live Q&A on Facebook, and was asked who is “favourite political hero” is during the session. Mr Johnson revealed: “Obviously Winston Churchill is one but I would mention Pericles of Athens, who believed in all sorts of wonderful things.
“He certainly believed in great infrastructure projects, he believed in the importance of the many not the few.
“But above all Pericles will go down as one of the most powerful articulators of the idea of democracy, which is that the people are ultimately in charge of their own destiny.
“It’s because the people took that decision to leave the European Union that we’re going to come out on October 31, whatever happens.”
Pericles was a prominent Greek statesman and general of Athens, who lived during the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars.
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The live session was not the first time Mr Johnson has taken to social media since becoming Prime Minister, after last week recording a two-minute broadcast to viewers highlighting his proposals for the country.
The video, in which the Prime Minister demanded an extra 20,000 police officers on the street, was watched by almost 200,000 people.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly said the UK will be leaving the European Union with or without a Brexit deal by the end of October this year “come what may”.
Mr Johnson has demanded the EU eject the controversial backstop mechanism from the withdrawal agreement, before the UK returns to talks with Brussels.
Speaker of the House John Bercow, who has repeatedly given opportunities to pro-EU MPs in the Commons to frustrate the Brexit process, has warned he “will fight with every breath in my body” to stop any attempt by the Prime Minister to suspend Parliament in order to deliver Brexit on October 31.
Mr Bercow told an audience at the Edinburgh Fringe festival that he “strongly” believes the House of Commons “must have its way”.
He said: “If there is an attempt to circumvent, to bypass or – God forbid – to close down parliament, that is anathema to me.” I will fight with every breath in my body to stop that happening.”
He added: “We cannot have a situation in which Parliament is shut down – we are a democratic society. And Parliament will be heard and nobody is going to get away as far as I am concerned with stopping that happening.”
The Prime Minister’s special adviser Mr Cummings has suggested Parliament has left it too late to block no deal.