I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be - Boris Johnson

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As Brexit negotiations continue, and as the UK actually departs the EU, it may be instructive to look back and reflect on Boris Johnson's ludicrously optimistic post-referendum analysis of the 'golden opportunities' awaiting his country.

I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe

Specifically, one could look at this series of predictions and pronouncements:

  • It is said that those who voted Leave were mainly driven by anxieties about immigration. I do not believe that is so.
  • Outside the job-destroying coils of EU bureaucracy we can survive and thrive as never before
  • At home and abroad, the negative consequences are being wildly overdone, and the upside is being ignored. The stock market is way above its level of last autumn; the pound remains higher than it was in 2013 and 2014.
  • We should be incredibly proud and positive about the UK, and what it can now achieve. And we will achieve those things together, with all four nations united.
  • The fundamentals of the UK economy are outstandingly strong – a dynamic and outward-looking economy with an ever-improving skills base, and with a big lead in some of the key growth sectors of the 21st century.
  • We had one Scotland referendum in 2014, and I do not detect any real appetite to have another one soon.
  • I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be. There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment.
  • EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU.
  • British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down.
  • There will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market.
  • Britain is and always will be a great European power, offering top-table opinions and giving leadership on everything from foreign policy to defence to counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing – all the things we need to do together to make our world safer.
  • There will be a substantial sum of money which we will no longer send to Brussels, but which could be used on priorities such as the NHS.
  • The only change – and it will not come in any great rush – is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation…This will bring not threats, but golden opportunities for this country – to pass laws and set taxes according to the needs of the UK.
  • We will be able to do free trade deals with the growth economies of the world in a way that is currently forbidden.
  • The verdict of history will be that the British people got it right.
 


Boy M5

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Delusional chancer & charlatan. Johnson is.
 

shiel

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Johnson is talking rubbish.

By voting for Brexit the English essentially tore up the treaty of Rome which they signed with nearly thirty other European countries.

The also tore up the Good Friday Agreement which they signed with the people of this island.

The UK referendum result says that the English have not only decided to tell the rest of the people of Europe but also the rest of the people on these islands to eff off. That is similar to what they said when a million people on this island were allowed to die of hunger in the 1840s.

Then they were head of world wide empire and they could afford to do so with impunity.

Now the consequences could be the disintegration of the UK. The interests of Scotland and Northern Ireland are now in total opposition to the self defined interests of the English.

The long term consequences could be dire.
 

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Boris is horrible because he pushed Brexit which is a disaster! The Sky is falling in! Think of the children! *yawn*. Leave won get over it.
 

Boy M5

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Johnson is talking rubbish.

By voting for Brexit the English essentially tore up the treaty of Rome which they signed with nearly thirty other European countries.

The also tore up the Good Friday Agreement which they signed with the people of this island.

The UK referendum result says that the English have not only decided to tell the rest of the people of Europe but also the rest of the people on these islands to eff off. That is similar to what they said when a million people on this island were allowed to die of hunger in the 1840s.

Then they were head of world wide empire and they could afford to do so with impunity.

Now the consequences could be the disintegration of the UK. The interests of Scotland and Northern Ireland are now in total opposition to the self defined interests of the English.

The long term consequences could be dire.
None of that was explained in tbe referendum.

It is almost as if Gove - "we've had enough of experts" and Johnson are dissident sleepers trained in N. Korea.

Jo Mills (RIP) is dead but these 2 are on £200K p.a. courtesey of Murdoch & another has no.2 job in UK government.
Very few things in life make me thank God for Charlie Flanagan.
Having pond life like Johnson ( or Gove) as a minister however, make me consider it.
 

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Boris is horrible because he pushed Brexit which is a disaster! The Sky is falling in! Think of the children! *yawn*. Leave won get over it.
"Leave won. Get over it." But it's not a football match where we all just go on with our lives. Like it or not, Brexit will affect Ireland, the UK and Europe for the next several decades.
 

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Nobody voted to leave Europe, they voted to leave the EU.
The EU is not Europe you Remainian loons.
 

Clanrickard

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"Leave won. Get over it." But it's not a football match where we all just go on with our lives. Like it or not, Brexit will affect Ireland, the UK and Europe for the next several decades.
Yes it will as per the democratic will of the people of the UK.
 

Who is John Galt?

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No doubt Brexit will kick start the British motor industry, so callously destroyed by the evil Europeans?:roll:
 

Boy M5

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"Leave won. Get over it." But it's not a football match where we all just go on with our lives. Like it or not, Brexit will affect Ireland, the UK and Europe for the next several decades.
It's a dirty bomb in our economy & politics.
 

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"Leave won. Get over it." But it's not a football match where we all just go on with our lives. Like it or not, Brexit will affect Ireland, the UK and Europe for the next several decades.
Staying in the EU will affect Ireland a Helluva lot more.
We need to get out ASAP.
 

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Boris is horrible because he pushed Brexit which is a disaster! The Sky is falling in! Think of the children! *yawn*. Leave won get over it.
NO.

One has to confront the lies of UKIP and liars like Johnson.
 


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