The Prime Minister’s former chief of staff has called on the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to join the ‘Brexit’ campaign to leave the European Union (EU) – striking a blow to David Cameron on the eve of when the British public were due to hear the final details of Mr. Cameron’s “renegotiation” with the EU.
Mr. Johnson’s potential involvement in the ‘leave’ campaign has been the subject of growing speculation recently. Yesterday, upon visiting the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, he came out and remarked to journalists, “No deal”.
The campaign, fronted by Alex Deane, Mr. Cameron’s former chief of staff, is attracting support for Mr. Johnson via its Facebook page and is urging Twitter users to bombard the Mayor of London and Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip with messages of support.
Mr. Deane told Breitbart London: “It is now clear that the Prime Minister’s European Union renegotiation is ‘thin gruel’, and that the powers that be across the European Union’s institutions have no intention of ever making the desperately needed, sweeping reforms that the union needs. With this, members of all parties, and especially the Conservative Party, need a champion with significant, mass appeal, political and cultural clout, to represent our dissatisfaction with the failure of the government to meaningfully deliver on its manifesto pledge of reform in our relationship with the EU.
“It is with this in mind that I urge the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to throw his weight behind the Brexit campaign, and help lead Britain out of a tired, fundamentally flawed, failing political union.
“Boris must surely feel the hand of history on his shoulder at this pivotal moment. His involvement in the campaign to lead Britain out of the European Union could tip the scales. Come on, Boris. Be brave. Back Brexit!”
An Ipsos MORI poll from earlier this month found that Mr. Johnson’s intervention in the campaign may be enough to tip the balance, with 32 per cent members of the public valuing his involvement in the campaign. This is compared to 44 per cent who value David Cameron’s pronouncements, and 20 per cent who value UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage’s opinions.