The Guardian reports:
Boris Johnson has been branded a disgrace for dismissing pleas from Labour MPs to stop using inflammatory language in light of the murder of Jo Cox, telling one that it was “humbug” and another that the best way to honour her was to “get Brexit done”.
Johnson caused uproar in the House of Commons after he responded dismissively to Labour MP Paula Sherriff, who made a heartfelt speech calling on him to stop using language such as “surrender”, “traitor” and “betrayal” in relation to Brexit.
He also drew gasps when telling Labour’s Tracy Brabin, who was elected to Cox’s seat following the MP’s murder by a far-right extremist a week before the EU referendum, that “the best way to honour the memory of Jo Cox and to bring this country together is, I think, to get Brexit done”.
The BBC reports:
The prime minister addressed some of the criticism, saying there was a need to moderate violent language on all sides of the debate.
But he was reported to have told Tory MPs on Thursday that he would continue to use his language about the Benn Act (formally called the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019) to stop a no-deal Brexit. He dubs it the “surrender bill” despite criticism that this paints his opponents in parliament as traitors guilty of a betrayal.
Johnson was met with shouts of “Will you apologise, prime minister?” from journalists as he left the meeting, but he walked away without commenting.
The prime minister’s sister, Rachel Johnson, has said it was “tasteless” to say the best way to honour Jo Cox’s murder is to deliver what she had campaigned against.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 26, 2019
Labour’s Paula Sherriff raises the murder of MP Jo Cox in the Commons, asking Boris Johnson to stop using “dangerous” language like “Surrender Act”
The PM replies: “I never heard such humbug in all my life”
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 25, 2019