THE country must “remove the blockade in Parliament” to get Brexit done and move Britain forward, Boris Johnson has insisted during a visit to a Tory target seat in north east England.

After touring a local tea factory in Stockton South, the Prime Minister insisted it was vital to put Brexit behind the country, so it could move on and bring the UK together with better education, infrastructure and high-tech programmes.

"The most important thing is to remove the blockade in Parliament that is stopping us as a country from moving forward.

"The problem is that the Brexit delay in Parliament is causing business so much uncertainty. We are not seeing the kind of investment and confidence in the UK we might otherwise have.

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"We have record low unemployment, the economy is growing over the last nine years but it could do so much better. If we get Brexit done, we can really unleash potential," he declared.

During his visit to the tea factory in Eaglescliffe, Mr Johnson met staff, was given a tour of the production line, weighed tea boxes and took up the offer of a cup of tea.

He discussed whether or not it was best to leave the tea bag in the cup, different types of tea and asked: "What about cream tea?"

On the tea he was drinking, the PM admitted: "I need it, the plane was freezing."

Stockton South is one of the Conservatives' top targets to take from Labour.

It ranks at number 12 on a list of Labour seats most vulnerable to the Tories and would change hands on a swing of just 0.9 per cent.

The constituency looks set to be a two-horse race between Labour and the Conservatives, who won 49 per cent and 47 per cent of the vote respectively in 2017.

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The local authority area that includes the constituency is Stockton-on-Tees, which voted 61.7 per cent Leave in the 2016 EU referendum.

Other Labour seats the Tories are targeting in north-east England include Bishop Auckland, which would fall on a 0.6 per cent swing, Darlington on one of 3.7 per cent, and Tony Blair's former constituency of Sedgefield with one of 7.3 per cent.