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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The case against Brexit by er... Boris

All of today's media is reporting on the unpublished newspaper column by Foreign Secretary and Chief Brexiteer, Boris Johnson written just days before he decided to campaign for the UK to leave the EU, in which he makes a strong case for us to remain.

As the Observer reports, in the column Boris wrote of the EU: “This is a market on our doorstep, ready for further exploitation by British firms. The membership fee seems rather small for all that access. Why are we so determined to turn our back on it?”

The paper says Boris warned that Brexit would cause an “economic shock” and could lead to the “break-up” of the United Kingdom:

“There is the worry about Scotland, and the possibility that an English-only “leave” vote could lead to the break-up of the union,” he wrote. “There is the Putin factor: we don’t want to do anything to encourage more shirtless swaggering from the Russian leader, not in the Middle East, not anywhere.”

For once Boris got something right. What a shame that his analysis was not built upon principle. His decision a few days later to take a contradictory view and to campaign against EU membership was a career decision. What he actually believes is a matter for conjecture.
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