CHARISMATIC politician and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has finally revealed that he believes the UK should leave the EU when the referendum goes ahead in June.
The UK’s EU membership referendum is a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to vote for real change”, Boris Johnson has argued as he declared support for an exit on February 21.
The procrastinating politician has been tight-lipped up until now about his thoughts on the UK´s place in the EU and for many this declaration will come as a huge surprise. The mayor, only weeks ago, told a fellow MPs that he was not a ´natural outer´ but in a 2000 word article for The Daily Telegraph, he changed his tune urging readers to ´be brave´.
He wrote: “This is a moment to be brave, to reach out – not to hug the skirts of Nurse in Brussels, and refer all decisions to someone else”.
Boris´ decision is undoubtedly going to be a huge boost for the Out campaign and will be a big setback for the prime minister, who naturally would have wanted friends and colleagues to back the campaign to stay in the EU.
There is already speculation that Mr Johnson´s decision, which will win the backing of a number of Tory MPs, is a step in the direction of eventual leadership of the Conservative party. Although Johnson has denied these claims and has said he is acting on behalf of the nation.
Mr Johnson said: “It is time to seek a new relationship, in which we manage to extricate ourselves from most of the supranational elements”.