UK will leave EU by Jan. 31 at the latest: PM Johnson

Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, Boris Johnson. (AFP Photo)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that Britain would leave the European Union by Jan. 31 at the latest if his Conservative Party wins a majority in the election in two weeks' time.

"If we can get a working majority then we will come on Jan. 31 at the absolute latest," Johnson told LBC radio.

He also repeated his message that he saw no reason why Britain would need to extend the transition period after Brexit beyond the end of 2020.

Asked if he would rather be prime minister or have Britain leave the EU, he replied: "I would rather get us out of the EU. I can tell you that." 

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