Boris Johnson is the face of the “Leave Campaign” in Britain.
This is a man born in New York and educated in the European School of Brussels Ashdown House School, but also Eton College. With wide eyes open he decided to back the “Out” campaign.
While David Cameron will be the face of the “Remain” campaign, warning Britons that leaving is a “leap in the dark,” the Mayor of London took a long awaited and hardly surprising position of leading Britain’s “leave campaign.”
On Sunday afternoon, Johnson said that “after a huge amount of heartache” he will campaign for Britain to leave the EU. Ladbrokes suggest that this moves means that now Boris Johnson is Cameron’s most likely successor in the leadership of the Conservative Party and that the “Out” campaign has more chances of winning, according to the Ladbrokes betting agency.
David Cameron got to know of Johnson’s decision via a text message, BBC reports. But, Boris Johnson has made clear for quite some time he believes that the EU is in “real danger of getting out of proper democratic control” and is responsible for eroding British sovereignty.
The iconic Mayor of London is one of the most popular politicians in Britain. His “Out” position is a tremendous blow to the Prime Minister and the “remain” campaign. Johnson published an article in The Telegraph on February 8 commenting that Cameron has done a job “better than many expected.” He added a “fantastically good job” superlative on Sunday evening. But, that was a matter of courtesy.
In reality, the Mayor of London has been making demands that were not on the negotiating table, blasting on the “wasteful, expensive and occasionally corrupt” Common Agricultural Policy, the resistance to a services union, the dangers to regulating the City, and the red tape stemming from Brussels.
Boris Johnson believes Britain can have a new relationship to the EU, more focus on trade and cooperation, that in his view will cost less to British tax payers. The Mayor of London denied that this decision was linked to his ambition to lead the Conservative Party, against Mr. Osborne. Many of his critics are less than convinced.
Mr. Johnson will not be alone among the Tories. He will be joined by the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Justice Secretary Michael Gove. Zac Goldsmith, the candidate running for Mayor of London this May will also support the “Out” Campaign.
(BBC, The Telegraph, The Times)