Boris’s EU move ‘deeply cyn­i­cal’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BORIS John­son’s sup­port for the UK leav­ing the EU was blasted this week as a ‘cyn­i­cal’ Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship bid.

The Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP an­nounced on Sun­day that he will cam­paign for the UK to leave the EU at the ref­er­en­dum on June 23, end­ing in­tense spec­u­la­tion about which camp – leave or stay – the Lon­don Mayor would sup­port.

But Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Tim Far­ron called the stance ‘a deeply cyn­i­cal move from a deeply am­bi­tious politi­cian who is us­ing an in-out ref­er­en­dum as a back door to Num­ber 10’.

He added: “It is a self­ish move to put per­sonal am­bi­tion be­fore the jobs, se­cu­rity and pros­per­ity of ev­ery Lon­doner.”

Mr John­son, who ag­o­nised about the de­ci­sion – re­port­edly telling friends he was ‘veer­ing all over the place like a shop­ping trol­ley’ – an­nounced to the me­dia out­side his north Lon­don home on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 21 that he had made up his mind.

He said: “It’s not about whether you love Europe or not. I love Brus­sels. I used to live in Brus­sels – a fan­tas­tic city, won­der­ful place – and I love Euro­pean cul­ture and civil­i­sa­tion.

“But there should be no con­fu­sion be­tween the won­ders of Europe and hol­i­days in Europe and fan­tas­tic food and friend­ships with a political pro­ject that has ba­si­cally been go­ing on now for decades.

“I now think the EU is in real dan­ger of get­ting out of proper demo­cratic con­trol.”

Mr John­son is ex­pected to be a lead­ing fig­ure­head for the ‘Out’ cam­paign along with six cab­i­net min­is­ters in­clud­ing work and pen­sions sec­re­tary Iain Dun­can Smith and jus­tice sec­re­tary Michael Gove.

n ‘GET US OUT’: Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP Boris John­son

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