Boris Johnson warns Remainers that stopping Brexit would be a disastrous ‘betrayal’

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Boris Johnson accuses anti-Brexit supporters of making a “disastrous mistake”.
The Foreign Secretary says those trying to stop Brexit are creating a “betrayal” of the referendum vote.
He says Remainers are becoming “ever more determined” to stop Brexit
However, Johnson concedes that “many” Remain supporters have “noble” aims.

LONDON — Boris Johnson today accused campaigners against Brexit of making a “disastrous mistake” to try and stop Brexit, saying that they risked creating “permanent and ineradicable feelings of betrayal” among those who voted to leave the EU.

In a major speech at the Policy Exchange think tank in London, Johnson accused politicians, such as the Conservative MP Anna Soubry, of attempting to “frustrate” Brexit.

“I fear that some people are becoming ever more determined to stop Brexit, to reverse the referendum vote of June 23 2016, and to frustrate the will of the people,” he said.

“I believe that would be a disastrous mistake that would lead to permanent and ineradicable feelings of betrayal. We cannot and will not let it happen.”

Johnson used his speech to “recognise that feeling of grief and alienation” among Remain supporters about Brexit, saying that Brexit was a cause for “hope” not “fear”.

“I recognise that feeling of grief and alienation because I’ve heard it so often from friends, family, and people hurling abuse at me on the street,” he said.

“But if we are to carry this project through to national success – as we must – then we must also reach out to those who still have anxieties,” he added.

“I want to try today to anatomise at least some of those fears and to show to the best of my ability that they are unfounded, and that the very opposite is usually true: that Brexit is not grounds for fear but hope.”

However, in a partial attempt to reach out to Remain supporters, the Foreign Secretary conceded that “many” Remainers are motivated by “noble sentiments”.

“Is this the time now for the referendum winners to gloat? Should we sit back and silent self-satisfaction? I dont think we should. it’s not good enough now for us to say to remainers ‘get over, you lost'”

“Because we must accept that many are actuated by entirely noble sentiments, a real sense of solidarity with our European neighbours and a desire for the UK to succeed,” he said.

Johnson also called on May to implement stricter immigration rules after Brexit.

Writing in the Sun in advance of his speech Johnson claimed that EU membership had led to the wages of “indigenous” British people to being suppressed.

“We also need to ask ourselves some hard questions about the impact of 20 years of uncontrolled immigration by low-skilled, low-wage workers — and what many see as the consequent suppression of wages and failure to invest properly in the skills of indigenous young people,” he wrote

Johnson’s comments were described by anti-Brexit campaigners as “hypocrisy of the highest order.”

“He has so far failed to explain why he is campaigning in Cabinet to take the U.K. out of the customs union when there is no other solution …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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