Ahead Of Boris Johnson's Key Sunday Night Announcement, Here Is What British Politicians Think Of The Referendum

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In the aftermath of another inverse-whirlwind session in Brussels which has set the date of the UK's EU referendum for June 23, below are comments on the vote from British political and business leaders, courtesy of Reuters:


"I do not love Brussels. I love Britain. I am the first to say that there are still many ways in which Europe needs to improve – and that the task of reforming Europe does not end with today's agreement.


"That is not the question in this referendum. The question is will we be safer, stronger and better off working together in a reformed Europe or out on our own.


"Let me be clear. Leaving Europe would threaten our economic and our national security."


"We are stronger, and safer and better off in the EU and the alternative is a big leap in the dark with all the risks that that involves.


"We get the best of both worlds, we get access to the single market for our businesses, so that creates jobs, but we don't have the costs of the euro zone, we have the security of being in the EU but we are not signed up to ever closer union, we end the something for nothing culture when it comes to benefits from migrants - these are big wins."


"Reforming the EU does not end with this deal. UK must lead on further reform.


"EU reform deal tilts the balance firmly in favour of the UK remaining in. We're stronger, safer, better off in (the) EU on these terms than out."


 "Despite the fanfare, the deal that David Cameron has made in Brussels on Britain's relationship with the EU is a sideshow.


"His priorities in these negotiations have been to appease his opponents in the Conservative Party. He has done nothing to promote secure jobs, protect our steel industry, or stop the spread of low pay and the undercutting of wages in Britain.


"We will be campaigning to keep Britain in Europe in the coming referendum, regardless of David Cameron's tinkering, because it brings investment, jobs and protection for British workers and consumers."


"It pains me to have to disagree with the Prime Minister on any issue. My instinct is to support him through good times and bad. But I cannot duck the choice which the Prime Minister has given every one of us.


"I believe our country would be freer, fairer and better off outside the EU.


"I don't want to take anything away from the Prime Minister's dedicated efforts to get a better deal for Britain. He has negotiated with courage and tenacity. But I think Britain would be stronger outside the EU."


"I think the referendum across the UK is on a knife-edge, it will depend entirely on how it's argued. I don't rate the deal that Cameron has done in Brussels, I think it's about marginal issues.


"If we were dragged out against our will by the votes of a much larger English (electorate), then the pressure for another independence referendum in Scotland would be irresistible and I think very rapid."


"The EU is far from perfect, and no one should be in any doubt that this deal must be part of an ongoing process of change and reform – crucial if it is to succeed in a changing world.


"But in my view - for reasons of security, protection against crime and terrorism, trade with Europe, and access to markets around the world - it is in the national interest to remain a member of the European Union."


"Across the UK the polls suggest this campaign is on a knife-edge and that's why I think it's important for the in-campaign to be positive.


"If we get into the situation, where Scotland votes to stay in, the rest of the UK votes to come out, then people in Scotland will have big questions they will want to look at again about whether Scotland should be independent."


"In our view we see nothing in this deal that changes our outlook. Therefore we will on balance recommend a vote to leave the EU."


"Businesses across Britain will be relieved that the horse-trading between Westminster and Brussels is now concluded, and that the hard work of recent months could potentially deliver some benefits for the UK.


"(But) the deal falls well short of the business expectations we set out nearly a year ago."


Finally, here is perhaps the biggest Euroskeptic of all:


"This is a truly pathetic deal. Let's leave the EU, control our borders, run our own country and stop handing 55 million pounds every day to Brussels."

But perhaps the most important soundbite is the one which has yet to come: that from London mayor Boris Johnson, whose opinion may sway the vote one way or another in four months. The Telegraph reports that "David Cameron is mounting a last-ditch effort to woo Boris Johnson to back his campaign to stay in the European Union, by drawing up plans for a new constitutional settlement that puts the sovereignty of British institutions beyond doubt."

The newspaper adds that Downing Street is now nervously awaiting the verdict of the mayor of London, who, the Observer understands, intends to make a statement on Sunday night on which side he will back. If both Gove and Johnson, two of the best communicators in Tory ranks, side with the Out campaign, many MPs believe the prime minister will face an uphill struggle to convince voters that their best interests lay in remaining inside the EU.

Sources close to Johnson said he remained “genuinely torn” and that he would “chew over” what the prime minister has to say when Cameron appears on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, before issuing some form of statement this evening. He will then spell out the reasons for his decision in his column for the Daily Telegraph on Monday.

If Johnson refuses to back Cameron, the Friday afternoon spike in the GBP may be very promptly undone.

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wildbad's picture

eu is shriveling.  it will die.  good riddance

UndergroundPost's picture

"This is a truly pathetic deal. Let's leave the EU, control our borders, run our own country and stop handing 55 million pounds every day to Brussels."

Farage is the only voice of sanity in this insane discussion. There is only one choice that will keep the UK from collapsing - reject the EU and the psychopath globalists who with revolutionary fire in their minds are hell bent on a Central Banker run international socialist order.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Why is everybody talk about Boris' Johnson!? How is anyone knowing…? You are watch Boris' webcam!?

Note to Boris: Better check privacy setting and not mistake private message for public tweet. Something is better not to sharing.

eforce's picture

What Boris is really weighing up is whether the skeletons in his closet (dodgy China deals) are worth keeping hidden or not as no doubt he will get targetted if he backs the out vote.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Boris Johnson was the Mayor of the City of London... which puts him in the pockets of the London bankers...which means he would be pro-EU...right?

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Nigel Farage for president of the United States!

fiatmadness's picture

Completely wrong, Boris is the Mayor of London that is NOT the same as major of the City of London, ie the square mile.  That has it's own laws and is virtually independant from UK (Like vatican city)

Diplodicus Rex's picture

If you think that being the mayor of London means that Boris doesn't suck bankers cock then I have a bridge to sell you.

Sandmann's picture

His father was an EU Commission Official which is why Johnson had his fees paid at Eton by taxpayers. He was born in New York and so is technically a US Citizen of Turkish extraction

g'kar's picture

with a touch of king george II in him

pFXTim's picture

> it will die.

I seriously doubt this outcome would be allowed at this point in time.



LordBuckFast's picture

Does anyone really believe that the elite will let the UK walk away from the EU!


Vote yes proles and expect much more of this......



bunnyswanson's picture

Elite in the UK are making the decisions.  Hemming and hawing is just for special effects.  The 2nd largest land and gold owner is in the United Kingdom.  Remember where you came from AMERICANS.

bentaxle's picture

Boris Johnson's decision will likely be colored by David Cameron deciding NOT to remain as Prime Minister for a 3rd term at the 2020 election. He has already said he does not want to run for a third term. That being the case Boris would have pretentions of becoming PM.

Boris, having been mayor of London by then and popular amongst the London metropolitan elite he would be a serious potential candidate for leader of the Conservative party.

Boris'decsion about whether or not to vote remain (i.e in EU) is almost certain to be based on whether he wishes to run for party leader in 4 years time. Even if the polls do not lean towards remain, the likelihood is, as with the recent Scottish independence poll that people have already made up their minds and wish to "stay as they are," to remain in. If Boris has ambitions to lead the party, he's going to vote remain.

wildbad's picture

hitlery  only feels the Bern when she's pissing

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

This is remind Boris of scripture from Isaiah:

And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; andburning instead of beauty.


medium giraffe's picture

Prepare to be unsurprised.

tncaver's picture

The EU is Controlled from Berlin. It's evil and must die violently if necessary.

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- - - - - - (not verified) tncaver Feb 20, 2016 6:21 PM

and berlin is controlled from usa

Omega_Man's picture

yawn... another rigged referendum... what difference will it make... what does UK contribute to the world or EU with their service based economy... 

EU would be better off without them... fitting punishment for having every opportunity to stop WW2 before it started by rejecting dozens of peace offers from Hitler and rigging markets for years with their evil shithole London 'finance capital' of bullshit and fraud.


The story should be that EU should have a vote to kick out UK... 

HenryHall's picture

Worldwide financial collapse prior to the vote will greatly affect the result.

smacker's picture

Boris has a good sense of humour and he'd be a lot more likeable if he didn't have his own private army of jackboots known as "Transport for London" (TfL).

BarkingCat's picture

The quotes from the Scottish politicians crack me up.

They must have had one pint too many of their favorite ale because normally they are such good and obedient house boys for the English.

They even wear skirts to allow their masters easy access.

Omega_Man's picture

UK is an island like Japan without the hard workers, factories, and brains...left with nothing but Monty Python re-runs, dole, BBC propaganda, and sucking up with other western central bank based fiat bullshit...

The true value of a flat in London is one ounce of silver... but hard to find any reason to go there and part with your silver unless you are  the refugee to be the last straw on the camel's back  to bankrupt the welfare system...  

eforce's picture

You can thank Thatcher for all of that, she really messed up the economy, after Labour had already done so.

fiatmadness's picture

You have been watching too much RT. If the world was having a party, London is where it would be. It's affluent, cultured, vibrant and more multi-racial than any other city in the world.

geno-econ's picture

Surely the Queen Mother must have a preferance that will expand her Kingdom across the Continent and Americas. or is she leaving the decision to to Boris Trump

smacker's picture

Given that she's dead, she probably isn't too bothered what happens.

NurseRatched's picture

We have the right to leave.  But Scotland really ought to think twice about going it alone...

dark_star's picture

8.3% of the UK population (Scotland) which pays 9% of UK taxes and generates 10% of the UK GDP wants to walk out the door.

What's to fucking think aboot?

£0.00 debt. 0.00 EU. How much oil? 25% of potential renewable energy of the entire European region. Tell me, what's the % of fish landed in the EU that comes from 'Scottish' waters?

But of course, we need to think twice you fucking moron. Why, 'cos we couldnae do it withoot oor fucking London betters?

Embarrasing, I know. We voted No. Here's hoping for next time!

smacker's picture

I also favoured Scotland leaving the United Kingdon, but not for the same reasons as you.

At the same time, I long predicted that it would stay in...

debtor of last resort's picture

The only way to freedom is seeing Boris fucking queen mom over a pile of gold. And i don't see that happening. At least, not in short term.

Omega_Man's picture

with leaders as these how can UK people win at anything...between the lot of them they couldn't manage the operation of a two hole shit house...

patrickhenry61's picture

I'm sure they're wooing Johnson to vote with Cameron. All the stops have been pulled. All the champagne, caviar, limos and prostitutes will be brought out to sway every vote to stay.  England will NEVER leave the P.U., excuse me, the E.U. They would rather imprison every Brit into E.U. servitude before they give up membership. It's a nice racket, run by the godd ole' USA. 

Big Stapler's picture
Big Stapler (not verified) Feb 20, 2016 9:17 PM

Europe in its entirety cannot afford to keep the fascist fantasy in Brussels going, it doesn't matter long term if England stays or goes. A British departure would just speed along the inevitable EU bankruptcy.

If England doesn't leave now on its own terms, it (and every EU member) will leave in a couple years when bankruptcy does what the "leaders" didn't have the guts to do.

Leave the EU now and lose a little, or wait a couple years and lose a heck of a lot more.

Meanwhile, those of us in the US have our own pending economic collapse to worry about. Time to fix our economy, start rebuilding companies and jobs, and stop building bureaucracies.

Hannibal's picture

The EU and NATO shall surely die.!

uhland62's picture

Britain can become the 51st State of the Union. It's their most important trading partner anyway, so make it official then.

fiatmadness's picture

Actually although I am against EU and would vote to leave, I feel I should correct your facts. Europe is by far britains biggest trading partner, the US is largely irrelevant to us (apart from selling you over priced luxury goods).

TheSecondLaw's picture

51st place has already been taken by Israel.  Britain will have to settle for 52nd.

fiatmadness's picture

Since one has almost nothing to do with the other, your laser like logic would seem to be on thin ice.

Sandmann's picture

Johnson is a media darling but just another Etonian Bullingdon to the rest of the country. He is Cameron's drinking buddy from Oxford just like Osborne. This is Frat Boys Band.

People know where the UK fishing grounds have gone, know why they cannot dredge rivers, know why they have condensing boilers, know why they have inferior yellow light and crappy CFL bulbs, and why metrication is forced even though Europe uses inches in plumbing supplies and pounds in selling strawberries, and why they have bio-fuels using food to replace oil in petrol, and why gay marriage was imposed through EU trade rules.


They do not need effete Etonians to tell them basic facts - REALITY is a daily occurrence

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

You are right in all of this. I would add this much though - Boris is very ambitious, and plainly covets Maceroon's job. The agony of decision he is having now is whether it plays better to cleave tothe party line of his old "buddy" Dave, or whether he can paint himself as a latter day Arthur (not the Dudley Moore Arthur!) or Churchill in backing Brexit to get the top job.


The Brexit campaign would do well to remind people of the points you identified in your second paragraph, and migration.

shining one's picture

I've never voted in my life. I will be voting to leave the EU. It is, my way of saying "fuck you banksters".

coltek's picture



The EU is circling the drain anyway, it is massively corrupt and totally undemocratic.


We should have left before Maastricht.


kikk's picture

I've said it before, the EU is the biggest undemocratic political and economic madhouse on the planet.

Every single position of power in the EU is an appointed position, not an elected one. Junkers, Van Rumpoy, Tusk, Mario Draghi and the list goes on.

David Cameron was negotiating with unelected officials before what was decided was put to the other 27 elected leaders. And not one citizen of those other 27 countries is going to get a say on this. But we in the UK are.

It may be the circles I move in but the all the MSM in the UK says it's a close 50/50 split right now but I personally don't know anyone who wants to stay in or is willing to say so, bring it on.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Vested-interest media are stoking the fear angle, uncertainty including promoting a 50/50 split is part of that. They're exploiting herd instinct. People I speak to who have an opinion are for Brexit, but there are a fair few who don't know or find it all too difficult (somehow) - they may well be led by the BBC et al. On my experience it's 50% against the EU, i.e for Brexit, with the rest EITHER for staying in the EU or don't know/understand.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Surely everyone can see this "deal" for the stage-managed charade it is? Or would this require people to emerge blinking from somatised apathy? Since going to the pub has been made economically prohibitive, and people have been (ahem) enabled to retreat behind their own four walls, it seems the opportunity for people to realise together that they don't like something and form a groundswell has largely beeen removed. T'internet is no replacement on any level, and all too easy to monitor and control - for instance, am I alone in finding it very difficult to view or post on ZH at times? Anyway, I for one will be voting for Brexit, and trying to convince anyone I get to speak to on the matter. Note how the same fear techniques are predictably being rolled out by the establishment as were used against Greece. If a major nation like Britain can't shake off the EU zombie despite all it perpetrates then what hope have other countries? If Britain doesn't show a lead and leave, break the will of the federalists, then the path I think is straight to riots, insurrection, pogroms and civil war.

supermaxedout's picture

Looks to me like Cameron got nothing of importance in exchange for further staying in the EU.  What are the results?

To say that Britain got the best deal possible does not say much. Is it better to come to rest in a mass grave or in a separate one. Or when buried in a mass grave to be placed  on the bottom or more closer to the top?

Nothing is going to happen till the referendum is counted. In case Britain is leaving the EU then action follows accordingly.

In case the Brits want to stay then the deal is not yet done, because then the European Parliament has to decide on many things raised by the Brits.  The outcome is unpredictable. The memebers of the EU parliament do not even know till now what was the much heralded deal Mr. Cameron achieved.

So it might happen that the Brits vote for staying but in the end Cameron gets only a few cosmetic things but nothing of importance.

The City of London and its special total unregulated status within the EU banking landscape, this is the real breaking point. Once Euroland banking rules are mandatory within the City of London this is going to break-up the worldide bankster cartel. And this is it what Cameron wants to avoid.

lucky and good's picture

Can the Euro-zone even survive without Britain? It is little wonder British Prime Minister David Cameron has won unanimous support from the European Union for concessions he sought from the bloc ahead of a referendum on Britain's continued membership in the group. The Euro-zone faces several headwinds that threaten the very existence of the 28-nation alliance, one is whether Britain remains part of the struggling group.

The economic situation in Europe is not expected to get better anytime soon because the policies holding this mess together do not contain what can be seen as drivers and engines of growth. Weak global markets are also creating tensions. Bottom-line, the special concessions to Britain will encourage other members to attempt renegotiating terms in the future. More on this subject in the article below.