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