Boris Johnson dismisses ‘gloomadon poppers’... and lets rip at BBC journalist
Politicians can speak in a strange language and political journalism often entails decoding what our parliamentarians are talking about. Especially when Boris Johnson opens his mouth.
In typically colourful fashion, the London mayor today said the British must "hold our nerve and not be cowed by the gloomadon-poppers".
Using slightly more conventional language, the London mayor also urged people to "ignore the pessimists and the merchants of doom" who do not think the UK could survive on its own outside the European Union.
Boris made the remarks during a speech at a Europa warehouse in Kent, where he drove a HGV with the Vote Leave campaign branding and posed for selfies with staff.
He also said Canada was a good example of a country that has free trade deals with the rest of the world while maintaining control of its borders.
"We should strike a new free-trade deal on the lines of what Canada has just achieved. They’ve taken out the vast majority of tariffs. They have virtually unencumbered trade now. We want a relationship based on trade and cooperation."
A Vote Leave source said Canada was not the only model but pointed to the deal sweeping away 97% of trade tariffs with the EU. But critics have pointed out that the 2014 deal still has not come into effect.
Canada’s trade negotiations with the EU started in 2009 with agreement reached on a draft deal in 2014. It is currently projected to come into force in 2017 - a timescale that would appear to leend weight to wanings that it would take years for the UK to renegotiate all its trade agreements if it left the EU.
Commenting on Johnson's speech, Chuka Umunna MP, a political champion of Britain Stronger In Europe, said:
"Boris Johnson may provide entertainment, but he had no answers on what Britain's future outside the European Union would look like. He said we could have a relationship with Europe along the lines of Canada's. But that is a deal that would make British people worse off with higher prices in the shops and fewer jobs."
The London mayor also took a top journalist to task for daring to ask about his leadership ambitions. After Radio 5’s John Pienaar touched on the subject, Boris let rip:
“Can I just say how deeply disappointing.... Is that your only question? How deeply disappointing it is that you have come, you have tackled south east trains, you have come all the way here you stood with these wonderful people here in Europa and all you can ask about is this narrow question of personality politics.
“It’s really interesting people genuinely want to discuss the issue - they want to know whether they would be better off out, they want to know how that would happen, they want to know why that would happen - I believe we would be better off out.
"I want to explain to people why we would be better off out and we have only got a few months to do it so the less time we spend on that sort of thing the more time we have to talk about the issues that matter to people."
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