Monday, 22 February 2016

The Telegraph: Boris Johnson's best bet for being PM is Britain voting to stay in the EU

The Telegraph: Boris Johnson's best bet for being PM is Britain voting to stay in the EU

by Hugo Dixon


"Maybe it is because of all this that Boris is seemingly hedging his bets. His article contains the following curious sentence: “There is only one way to get the change we need, and that is to vote to go”. This could be taken to mean that Boris doesn’t really want to Leave; he just wants us to vote to Leave and then to have another crack at negotiating better terms to stay.

That doesn’t seem a sensible course of action. But if Boris really thinks that it is, he should say so openly. The time for Delphic utterances is over.

Boris should also be open with the British people about the risks they are running by voting to Leave. Such transparency would be in his best interests, even if it cut the chance of a Brexit.

If the people voted to Leave, it would be harder for them to complain that the new prime minister had sold them a pup. And if they voted to Remain, Boris would still be the darling of Tory eurosceptic right and so well placed to take over from David Cameron when he eventually resigns. Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat would be better than following in Pyrrhus’ steps."

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