Boris’s EU move ‘deeply cynical’
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