Boris Johnson has spoken out against holding a referendum on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union.
The Guardian reported that Mr Johnson’s intervention would help the prime minister, David Cameron.
Mr Johnson told BBC Radio Five Live, “Whether you have an in/out referendum now, I can’t quite see why it would be necessary.”
He added that the prospect of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU would not “appeal”.
Mr Johnson asked, “Suppose Britain voted tomorrow to come out: what would actually happen?”
“We’d still have huge numbers of staff trying to monitor what was going on in the community, only we wouldn’t be able to sit in the council of ministers, we wouldn’t have any vote at all. Now I don’t think that’s a prospect that’s likely to appeal.”
It should be noted that this report was from 25 November 2012.
On February 21 this year, Mr Johnson stunned Prime Minister, David Cameron, by announcing he was joining the referendum campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.
Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, immediately Tweeted:
“Whatever my great friend Boris decides to do I know that he is NOT an outer.”
Just two weeks previously, Mr Johnson had written in his Telegraph column:
“It is also true that the single market is of considerable value to many UK companies and consumers, and that leaving would cause at least some business uncertainty, while embroiling the Government for several years in a fiddly process of negotiating new arrangements, so diverting energy from the real problems of this country – low skills, low social mobility, low investment etc – that have nothing to do with Europe.”
A spokesman for the ‘Remain’ campaign commented, “Everybody in Westminster knows that Boris doesn’t really believe in Out. He’s putting his personal ambition before the national interest.”
Yesterday (11 May 2016) Mr Johnson was quizzed by BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ presenter, John Humphrys, on whether he had been close to backing Britain to remain in the EU.
Asked Mr Humphrys, “Did you, as the rumour goes, have two columns written, for the Telegraph that is, one for either side of the argument?
“Only at the last minute did you decide to run with the column that said actually, I’m in favour of Brexit, not on staying in. Is that true or is that not true?”
Replied Mr Johnson, “I’ve written all sorts of things”.
Mr Humphrys interjected, “Is that true what I just said?”
Mr Johnson didn’t deny the rumour about two columns, but said instead, “It is perfectly true to say I have thought long and hard about this decision.”
Did Boris back the wrong campaign? We’ll know on 24 June.
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