WATCH: Boris Johnson says he is prepared to take UK out of EU 'deal or no deal' on 31 October
Boris Johnson has insisted he will take the UK out of the EU on 31 October 'deal or deal' as he formally launched his campaign to be Prime Minister.
The bookies' favourite for the job made the vow to a member of the public in a video posted on his Twitter page.
Mr Johnson also insisted he was the right candidate to "unite our society" in the wake of Brexit.
Speaking to a voter in a retail park in Peterborough - where a by-election will take place on Thursday - the former Foreign Secretary says: "If I get in we'll come out deal or no deal on October 31. We'll do that."
After the man says that would make him vote Conservative again, Mr Johnson replies: "That's the spirit."
Elsewhere in the two-minute film, which is aimed at showing Mr Johnson can appeal to non-Tory voters, the Uxbridge MP is shown setting out his plan to increase the amount of money schools outside London receive per-pupil, as well as put more police officers on the streets.
He adds: "If there is one lesson from that referendum of 2016 it is that too many people feel left behind, that they're not able to take part fully in the opportunities and success of our country.
"That is why now is the time to unite our society and unite our country. To build the infrastructure, to invest in education, to improve our environment and support our fantastic NHS."
A number of Tory MPs also went public with their support for Mr Johnson on Monday as his campaign stepped up a gear.
They included Mark Pritchard, James Duddridge, David Warburton, Sir Paul Beresford and Jack Lopresti.