July 25, 2019 / 8:54 AM / in a month

Johnson tells ministers: we are all committed to leaving EU by Oct. 31

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, delivers a speech outside Downing Street, in London, Britain July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his new top team of ministers on Thursday they had a momentous task ahead and were committed to delivering Brexit by Oct. 31.

Johnson, who officially took over from Theresa May on Wednesday and swiftly sacked most of her ministerial team, held the first meeting of his new cabinet of ministers on Thursday.

“We have a momentous task ahead of us. At a pivotal moment in our country’s history we are now committed, all of us, to leaving the European Union on October 31 or indeed earlier, no ifs, no buts,” he said at the start of the meeting, television footage showed.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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