Boris is ‘one of the sad he­roes of to­day’

EU pres­i­dent launches damn­ing at­tack on Leave

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

BORIS John­son has been ac­cused of be­ing a fallen hero by EU pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker, in a damn­ing at­tack on the lead­ing Leave cam­paign­ers who have stepped away from the spotlight.

In a speech dis­cussing Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions, Mr Juncker said the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP, along with the now re­signed UKIP leader Nigel Farage, had shirked re­spon­si­bil­ity af­ter lead­ing the coun­try to vote Leave in the Euro­pean Ref­er­en­dum.

“The glo­ri­ous Brexit he­roes of yes­ter­day are the sad he­roes of to­day,” Mr Juncker told the Euro­pean par­lia­ment in Stras­bourg. Those who have con­trib­uted to the sit­u­a­tion in the UK have re­signed – John­son, Farage and oth­ers.

“They are, as it were, retro-na­tion­al­ists, they are not pa­tri­ots. Pa­tri­ots don’t re­sign when things get dif­fi­cult; they stay.”

West­min­ster has ex­pe­ri­enced a wave of po­lit­i­cal sur­prises af­ter a string of res­ig­na­tions, be­gin­ning with Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron’s on the morn­ing of the ref­er­en­dum re­sults an­nounce­ment.

As the Con­ser­va­tive party lead­er­ship run­ners were an­nounced, Boris John­son de­clared in a shock an­nounce­ment he would not be run­ning for the Prime Min­is­ter po­si­tion.

The MP said ‘hav­ing con­sulted col­leagues and in view of the cir­cum­stances in Par­lia­ment, [he has] con­cluded that per­son can­not be [him]’.

And less than a week later, UKIP leader Nigel Farage stepped down as leader of the party and said he ‘wanted his life back’.

Se­nior Lib­eral MEP Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt also crit­i­cised the sit­u­a­tion af­ter the timeline of events and said: “Brex­i­teers re­mind me of rats leav­ing the sink­ing ship.”

But the for­mer Con­ser­va­tive mayor re­mains adamant it is the best de­ci­sion for the coun­try and that free trade is still pos­si­ble while hav­ing a points based im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem.

Mr John­son wrote in his Tele­graph col­umn re­cently: “There is, among a sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion, a kind of hys­te­ria, a con­ta­gious mourn­ing of the kind that I re­mem­ber in 1997 af­ter the death of the Princess of Wales.”

The glo­ri­ous Brexit he­roes of yes­ter­day are the sad he­roes of to­day”

n ‘RETRO-NA­TION­AL­ISTS’: EU pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker (above) has blasted Brexit politi­cians in­clud­ing Boris John­son (left)

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