BuzzFeed News has obtained a leaked audio recording of Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, admitting that the UK may well end up with a Brexit deal that is “far worse” than what Brexit supporters had hoped for.
He also described concern about disruption at borders in the case of a hard Brexit as “pure millennium bug stuff”, said of concerns about the Northern Ireland border that “it’s so small…it’s just beyond belief that we’re allowing the tail to wag the dog in this way” and also spoke favourably about the idea of Donald Trump managing the Brexit negotiations.
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Boris Johnson is utterly shameless. As these comments show, he knows we're going to get shafted with a bad Brexit deal, he knows how much damage it will cause to our economy, he knows it will result in a hard border re-emerging in Northern Ireland, but he couldn't care less.
“That this disgraceful charlatan holds one of the great offices of state in this country should be a source of constant shame and embarrassment to the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson cares about nothing except himself and his own ambition.
“He is right about one thing: we are heading for ‘a meltdown’ over Brexit. But his solution is simply to embrace the chaos.
“Rather than continuing to let this Donald Trump tribute act determine the future of our country, we should take back control by having a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Notes to editors
The full report on the leaked audio can be read here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexspence/boris-johnson-trump-brexit-leaked-recording?utm_term=.lxlmr8b39O#.ncrMQaydD7