Now, I campaigned passionately for the UK to leave the EU, and I continue to believe that a superb future awaits us. But the truth is that, over the last three years, politics has failed dismally. It has failed to deliver on the biggest democratic decision in our history. Fulfilling that democratic decision is now urgent and vital. It cannot and will not be put off any longer. Leaving the EU on the 31 of October is, for me, a hard red line.
In my view, the next prime minister must have a clear plan to a managed exit by the end of October. They must have the negotiating ability to deliver it. And above all else, they must have a positive, uplifting vision for the next chapter in our nation's great history. And these are what I have to offer the United Kingdom.
There can be no doubt that our democracy, acting on the expressed decision of the people, underpins the faith that there is in our politics. So we have to restore that vital trust between politics and the people.