Boris Johnson mocked after comparing himself to Hulk in Brexit battle
The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator said the comments were infantile and showed a lack of maturity.
Mail on Sundayhe will meet the Halloween exit deadline regardless."The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets," he told the tabloid, invoking the comic book and film character known for formidable but destructive strength.Johnson remains defiant even though the British Parliament has passed a law requiring him to seek an extension to the deadline if no deal is reached. He has also lost his working majority in Parliament and been told by Scotland's highest court that
.AdvertisementIn the interview, Johnson portrays himself as being more convinced than ever that Britain will break with the EU at the end of October.Not Boris Johnson: The Hulk goes up against Iron-Man.Credit:MarvelHe will have a lunchtime meeting in Luxembourg on Monday with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to try to modify the Irish backstop that has been a main sticking point, but EU leaders did not seem impressed by Johnson's invocation of the Hulk.
The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, said the comments showed a lack of maturity."Even to Trumpian standards the Hulk comparison is infantile," he tweeted. "Is the EU supposed to be scared by this? The British public impressed?"
Mark Ruffalo, who played the Hulk inThe Avengers, also weighed in.Juncker, who has downplayed hopes of a breakthrough at Monday's meeting, also expressed alarm that many people in Britain seem to feel a British departure without a deal with the EU would be a positive thing.
Loading"It would be terrible chaos," he said in an interview with Germany's Deutschlandfunk radio. "And we would need years to put things back in order. Anyone who loves his country, and I assume that there are still patriots in Britain, would not want to wish his country such a fate."
The October 31 deadline looms large because Johnson insists he wil not seek another extension if no deal is reached – despite legislation passed by Parliament shortly before it was suspended.Britain's Supreme Court this week will rule on whether Johnson overstepped the law when he shut the legislature for a crucial five-week period.
The Liberal Democrats – the country's third-largest party and one in the midst of a revival – voted overwhelmingly at their party conference on Sunday to end the Brexit process entirely if they come to power.Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Credit:APParty leader Jo Swinson said Article 50, which triggered Brexit, would be revoked if she becomes prime minister.The party gained another member on Saturday with the defection of Sam Gyimah, a former Conservative minister. He is the sixth legislator to switch allegiance and join the Liberal Democrats this year.
Former prime minister David Cameron – who called the 2016 referendum on Brexit –has also been targeting Johnson.Cameron said in an interview published on Sunday that Johnson didn't really believe in Brexit when he broke ranks and led the campaign to take Britain out of the EU. Cameron had been expecting Johnson's help during the campaign to remain.
"The conclusion I am left with is that he risked an outcome he didn't believe in because it would help his political career," Cameron said of Johnson.Cameron is giving interviews in the lead up to the release of his memoirs. Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald »
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Oh honestly, that's just Boris, he is an eccentric. Lol 😝 More Sulk than Hulk 🙄
Boris Johnson, likening himself to Incredible Hulk, vows October 31 BrexitUK PM Boris Johnson says Britain will break out of the European Union's 'manacles' like The Incredible Hulk if a Brexit deal can't be struck in time. HULK mad! Hulk pound Johnson lower than Sterling! Please send help. Sincerely, UK Or perhaps run away from home like a small child having a tantrum?
Boris Johnson likens himself to The Incredible HulkAs he tries to make an October 31 Brexit a reality, Boris Johnson warns: The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets. jessamy_bennett the visualisations which could stem from this 😂 What? An abomination that turns up and smashese things up? Yeah a truely fantastic person to run a nation! SMH The Incredible Bulk more like.
Brexit: Boris Johnson 'cautiously optimistic' of striking seemingly impossible dealPrime Minister Boris Johnson says he remains 'cautiously optimistic' that Brussels and London can agree a last-minute deal to smooth Britain's withdrawal from the European Union on October 31. 9News
Boris Johnson heckled over Brexit handling | Sky News AustraliaUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is cautiously optimistic about getting a Brexit deal before the October 31 deadline.\n\nMr Johnson is scheduled to have more talks with EU leaders on Monday in Luxembourg.\n\nMeanwhile, the prime minister has been heckled by a man telling him to get back to parliament and sort out the mess.\n\nImage: AP BorisJohnson Hang in there Boris you can do it
David Cameron gets his Brexit revenge on Boris JohnsonAccording to Cameron, Johnson told him 'Brexit will be crushed' when he joined the Leave campaign. 'Boris thought he was going to lose,' he said. Boris Johnson's Brexit Strategy. Interesting in that these two, like the Queen, are 6th cousins being descended from K George II. 'David Cameron gets his Brexit revenge on Boris Johnson' I think you're jumping the gun
UK PM likens himself to the Incredible Hulk in plan to meet Brexit deadlinePrime Minister Boris Johnson has compared himself to the Incredible Hulk in a newspaper interview emphasising his determination to take Britain out of the EU next month. 9News Boris is an eccentric, I like him, never dull and stupid like the rest of them. He is also trying to get Brexit sorted because that's what the people voted for, I wish the fear campaign would stop.