LONDON (AP) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a backlash from furious lawmakers today over his use of charged and confrontational language in Parliament about opponents of his Brexit plan. The Speaker of the House of Commons warned that the countrys political culture had turned toxic.
In a raucous, bad-tempered debate on Wednesday, Johnson characterized an opposition law ordering a Brexit delay as a surrender act and a humiliation bill and said delaying Brexit would betray British voters. He also brushed off concerns that his forceful language might endanger legislators as humbug.
Johnson took power two months ago with a do or die promise that Britain will leave the European Union on the scheduled date of Oct. 31, with or without a Brexit divorce deal. Hes pitting himself against lawmakers who are determined to avoid a no-deal exit, which economists say would disrupt trade with the EU and plunge the U.K. into recession.
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