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The Hulk Will Break Manacles of the EU, Boris Johnson Says

British leader expresses determination comically
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2019 11:25 AM CDT
Boris Johnson, Britain's prime minister, visits Doncaster Market in northern England on Friday.   (AP Photo/Jon Super, Pool)

(Newser) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared himself to the Hulk in a newspaper interview emphasizing his determination to take Britain out of the European Union next month. Johnson faces considerable legal and political hurdles but told the Mail on Sunday he will meet the Oct. 31 deadline no matter what, the AP reports. "The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets," he told the widely read tabloid, invoking the comic book and film character known for formidable but destructive strength. Johnson remains defiant even though Parliament has passed a law requiring him to seek an extension to the deadline if no deal is reached by mid-October. He has also lost his working majority in Parliament and been told by Scotland's highest court that his decision to suspend Parliament was illegal.

Johnson invoked Bruce Banner, who became the Hulk when angered in the comics, by name. "Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them," he said, per Sky News. The EU, whose president is to meet with Johnson on Monday, wasn't sure what to make of the bravado. "Is the EU supposed to be scared by this?" one official tweeted.

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