Boris Johnson parachuting in

Boris Johnson has written an article for the Telegraph today, and he says being outside the EU is very much like being within the EU! Extraordinary.The article is a brilliant example of typical Boris double-speak:

I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be. There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment.

But just last week Boris said June 24th would be ‘independence day’…

EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU. British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down.

Boris wants British citizens to have full rights in the EU to live and work and settle down, but not for EU citizens to have those rights here.

And why would other EU countries go along with this?

As the German equivalent of the CBI – the BDI – has very sensibly reminded us, there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market.

Not so fast. Access to the Single Market, as Angela Merkel has reminded us in the past, depends also on free movement of people.

In fact, the German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Britain would lose access to the single market after Brexit.

Britain is and always will be a great European power, offering top-table opinions and giving leadership on everything from foreign policy to defence to counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing – all the things we need to do together to make our world safer.

… but now outside the European Union where major decisions on these very issues are made.

So, to recap Boris Johnson’s column:

  • We are and will always be a cultural part of Europe
  • We value the freedom of movement of people (though only of Brits)
  • We value the Single Market and would like to continue trading with it (please?), even though I said the opposite last week

Maybe he should have campaigned for Remain instead of leaving.

Nice try Boris, but you’re not convincing anyone

  1. It’s simple. He is in a cleft stick, and if made PM would *not* sign Article 50. There seems not to be a Tory politician stupid enough to do so. I don’t think we’re leaving.

  2. Yep he’s been passed the shit covered baton in the relay race and he doesn’t want to pick it up and run for the line.

    I don’t want to leave the EU but I am even more scared of the uprising there will be if the decision isn’t upheld.

  3. what on earth are people reading herew, it all makes perfect sense to me, yes we are out of the EU but not Europe how plain and simple is that, yes Boris is saying we can be part of a European single market and continue to etc but and i stress the BUT without paying them any money we keep the money how simple is that, and yes you can go on about the brexit polititans saying the money will goto the NHS, the borders and immigration will be monitered better etc, but if you look none of these guys are in fact prime minister yet – David Cameron is so how about just waiting and just seeing how this pans out, yes some of you extrme sceptics will say its all doom and gloom, but in fact the no one knows and everyone seems to think they do!!! IN fact Canada USA Italy France are on our side and want to make a trading agreement as soon as possible, the FTSE is is better than in February, the pound is that much down, and to top it Osbourne doesnt have a Brexit budget, funny that.

  4. Karel Bellic says:

    I bloody well hope we are leaving ! We need to invoke rticle 50 ASAP ! Stop the meddling of elitist autocrats, who have taken power from each countrys leaders. The laws we are allowed to pass on our own, are minor, worthless rubbish. we need out of this EU the quicker the better. And if the rest want referendums, and the EU goes tits up ? Then alls well. Do any of you remember giving them the right to rule us ? No, because it was done on the sly. Now the people understand, its tough shit. We are leaving, and the EU is finished ! Happy days for all ! 🙂

  5. Power seamlessly transferring between old Etonians who rule by secondary legislation – yep, that’s definitely power to the people …

  6. Boris – I just wanted to wheedle my way to being PM , So I overtook UKIPS campaign I thought that being a Tory would give me more clout. I underestimated the publics intelligence and so now I’m trying to keep a foot in both camps. I don’t want Nigel Farage on my team as he would outshine me by far . so for now I’m just going to go back to my usual waffling and hope for the best

  7. Geoff Bishop says:

    There is no plan. BREXIT made that quite obvious and now they have admitted it.. Boris is startled that he won but does not know how to proceed. He only started this whole thing of his because he wanted to be Prime Minister. Now he realises that it will be the most difficult two years in which he cannot possibly satisfy anyone. Cameron should never have started this whole thing in the first place. BREXIT is based on lies. Cameron knows that whoever takes over from him will have to explain where all the money is that Boris said he would save in order to put into the NHS. Sorry people, it does not exist and it will slowly dawn on everyone that you have been taken for a ride. A very expensive ride, damaging the future of the UK (Wait a minute, there will probably not be a UK to damage, just fragments) The Scottish spokesman today made it quite clear to Cameron and all that Scotland will NOT allow the UK to take Scotland out of EU. Enjoy your victory BREXIT while it still seems possible.

  8. TommyTwoShoes says:

    The Tories will be queuing up to be the one to break it to our millions of racists that we in fact, will not be reducing immigration numbers by any significant numbers at all. I’m quite looking forward to it all if I’m honest.

  9. Geoff Bishop says:

    There is no plan. BREXIT made that obvious. now they have admitted it.. Boris is startled that he won but does not know how to proceed. He only started BREXIT because he wanted to be Prime Minister. Now he realises that a difficult two years ensures he can’t satisfy anyone. Cameron should never have promised a Referendum. BREXIT is based on lies. Cameron knows that whoever takes over from him will have to explain where all the money is that Boris said he would save in order to put into the NHS. Sorry people, it does not exist and it will slowly dawn on everyone that you have been taken for a ride. A very expensive ride, damaging the future of the UK (Wait a minute, there will probably not be a UK to damage, just fragments) The Scottish spokesman today made it quite clear to Cameron and all that Scotland will NOT allow the UK to take Scotland out of EU. Enjoy your victory BREXIT while it still seems possible.

  10. Surely if only a million or so more folks voted to leave it only counts the same as when a million or so folks said “Don’t Bomb Iraq.” Obviously by ignoring those million people Tony got that one 100% right and things are working out great in that part of the world.

    After a suitable amount of spindoctoring, anyone who disagrees with ignoring the million who got the referendum result wrong can be accused of endangering the peace, for which they should be interned indefinitely in a camp in some oddball jurisdiction such as Alderney or Sark.

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