“On the language he ascribes to me, I do not think I have used those words. I would be happy if he clarified that point”

Boris Johnson, Parliament

September 24, 2019

Claim

Johnson denied the accusation by Conservative MP Jeremy Lefroy that he had in that evening’s debate used the words “surrender”, “betrayal” and “treason.” The next morning, Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly told the Today programme Johnson “didn’t use the word betrayal yesterday.”

Facts

Johnson had not said “treason,” but he had called the Benn Act the “Surrender Act” 14 times. And he had said: “We will not betray the people who sent us here.”

According to the ministerial code: “It is of paramount importance that ministers give accurate and truthful information to parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Ministers who knowingly mislead parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the prime minister.”

Verdict

Boris Johnson’s parliamentary response to MP Jeremy Lefroy was misleading.

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