BORIS JOHNSON has urged MPs to back a no-deal Brexit — claiming it was what the public voted for in the referendum.
The former foreign secretary (pictured) said there was growing public support for leaving the EU without a deal, despite attempts to create a ‘confected hysteria’.
He mocked warnings of shortages and paid tribute to Britain’s ‘instinctive ability to sort fact from nonsense’.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said: ‘The grimmer the warnings, and the more systematic the efforts to make their flesh creep, the greater has been their indifference and their resolve.
‘Far from terrifying the public into accepting the prime minister’s deal, these threats are increasing a determination to reject it.’
Mr Johnson accused the government of ‘bleating’ about the dangers and said predictions of economic collapse would prove as false as they had before the 2016 referendum. ‘It seems Britain will run out of Mars Bars and drinking water and ornamental horticulturists,’ he wrote. ‘There will be a desperate shortage of cheese and electricity and vital medicines such as Viagra. Our restaurants will lack cleaning staff. And tea. And carrots.’
He said Theresa May’s plan would leave Northern Ireland a ‘hostage’ of the EU and keep Britain ‘forever locked into a very bad deal for fear of short-term inconvenience’.
‘When 17.4 million chose to leave the EU, they didn’t vote to stay locked in the customs union or the single market,’ Mr Johnson added. ‘There was no suggestion that we would pay £39billion for nothing, without even a sniff of a trade deal with Brussels.’
But opponents accused Mr Johnson, who resigned from the cabinet over Mrs May’s Brexit plan in July, of rewriting history.
Pro-EU Campaign group Our Future, Our Choice said: ‘Can Boris Johnson reference one time in 2016 where he said we would be leaving with no deal?
‘There is no mandate for no deal.’