UK's Johnson draws comparison to Hulk, promises Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew comparisons between himself and a comic book hero in a recent interview in which he vowed to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union at the end of October, as planned.

“The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets,” Johnson said in an interview with local media, according to Reuters. “Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be - and that is the case for this country. We will come out on October 31.” 

ADVERTISEMENT

“Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them,” Johnson went on, referring to Bruce Banner, the character who transforms into the Hulk.

In the interview, Johnson reportedly also said he was “very confident” about his planned meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker next week.

“There’s a very, very good conversation going on about how to address the issues of the Northern Irish border. A huge amount of progress is being made,” Johnson said.

His comments come as his efforts to take the U.K. out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31 continue to face opposition from lawmakers in Parliament, including members of his own party. 

Johnson moved to suspend Parliament amid negotiations over his Brexit plan, an effort that is being challenged in court.

He also moved to request a snap election in recent weeks as a response to a bill passed by British lawmakers that sought to block his efforts take the U.K. out of the European Union without a deal, but his push was defeated in the House of Commons earlier this month.