Carole Malone defended the decision by Boris Johnson to shut down Parliament until October 14 and to “fight” rebel Tories seeking to stop the Government from delivering Brexit. MPs this week defeated the Prime Minister with a bill which, if turned into law, would force Mr Johnson to request an extension to the withdrawal deadline from the European Union. Despite the criticism moved against the Conservative leader, the Sky News’ The Pledge commentator said: “I want to talk about Boris. Not the one hysterical Remainers have compared to Hitler and slate as a dictator, anti-democrats and, I quote, an ‘over-promoted rubber bath toy’ – that was Hugh Grant, deranged contribution – but Boris The Brave.
“The strong leader, the true democrat who is prepared to prorogue Parliament and risk his party, and his premiership, to deliver what the people of this country demanded and were promised three years ago.
“This week he has been fighting a titanic battle with Tory rebels determined to stop Brexit at any cost. That’s why he had to prorogue Parliament and sack this who betrayed the Government.”
Ms Malone insisted the Prime Minister should be allowed to deliver Brexit and respect the decision of British voters to quit the EU.
She continued: “He is right to tell MPs what they want doesn’t matter, it’s what the British people voted for that matters.
“Now he wants an election because it’s clear Parliament is no longer fit for purpose.
“What sort of PM does nothing in the face of that. Boris is right to fight those rebels to the death because it’s his strength, his resolve that will hand Parliament’s power to the people of this country forever.”
Boris Johnson on Wednesday sought to trigger a snap election but was unable as Labour Party MPs abstaining, depriving the Prime Minister of the two-thirds majority needed to get a vote.
But the British Government announced a new vote for a general election is to be held on Monday once the bill to take a no deal scenario off the table clears the Lords.
Jeremy Corbyn whipped his MPs to refrain from voting for a general election in the first vote, signalling he would only support a snap vote once the legislation was passed.
When asked if he can promise the British people he will not be forced into requesting an extension from Brussels, Mr Johnson was quick to put any lingering doubts to rest.
The Prime Minister raged: “I’d rather be dead in a ditch.
“It costs £1billion a month to remain in the European Union beyond October 31. It achieves absolutely nothing.
“What on earth is the point in further delay? It is totally pointless.”
He added: “There are some people suggesting we should spend £1billion more a month just to stay in the EU beyond October 31, but I don’t think that would be good use of public money and I’m going to make sure we don’t have that necessary delay.
“I will do everything I possibly can to ensure this country comes out of the EU on October 31.”
Mr Johnson again insisted he does not want a general election to take place, but admitted he “can’t see any other way”.
The Prime Minister lamented the victory for rebel MPs in last night’s vote effectively “scuppers our negotiating power” with the EU, handing back control of the UK’s exit from the bloc to Brussels.