Boris Johnson gets confused about his behaviour in the EU referendum campaign

Written by David Singleton on 18 January 2019 in Diary

Watch: The Toy Brexiteer claimed that he 'didn’t say a thing about Turkey'. 

Is Boris Johnson beginning to show signs of memory loss? To many observers of today’s speech, that's what it looked like when he denied stoking up fears about Turkish immigration - and also claimed he's not someone who deprecates other countries.

The former foreign secretary give his "wide-ranging speech" at the headquarters of the JCB empire headed by billionaire Tory peer and Leave backer Anthony Bamford.

Responding to Channel 4 News man Michael Crick, he claimed that he "didn’t say a thing about Turkey" in the run-up to the 2016 vote.





In fact, Johnson said in April 2016:

“I am very pro-Turkish but what I certainly can’t imagine is a situation in which 77 million of my fellow Turks and those of Turkish origin can come here without any checks at all. That is really mad – that won’t work.”

Two months later, Johnson and fellow Leave campaigner Michael Gove penned a letter to then-Prime Minister David Cameron claiming that the only way to halt mass immigration from Turkey was for the UK to vote to leave the EU.

"If the Government cannot give this guarantee, the public will draw the reasonable conclusion that the only way to avoid having common borders with Turkey is to vote Leave and take back control on 23 June,” they wrote.

In his speech, Johnson also claimed he's "not someone who deprecates other countries and cultures".

Others noted that he's previously referred to black people as "piccaninnies", suggested the people of Papua New Guinea are cannibals, wrote a poem suggesting the Prime Minister of Turkey has sex with goats and compared burqa wearing women to letterboxes and bank robbers.





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