Boris Johnson reportedly got civil servants to pressure the BBC into removing embarrassing footage in which the then Foreign Secretary referred to the French as “turds”.
Commenting, former Foreign office minister and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, Ben Bradshaw MP, said:
“Boris Johnson is no longer a bumbling figure of fun but very likely to be the next PM - one who appears increasingly on course to take the UK out of the EU without any deal at all.
“His boast that he could somehow renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement or cherry pick the bits he likes was always a fantasy. But disclosure of how he allowed himself to be filmed as Foreign Secretary making schoolboy insults about the French underline how far his view of his own diplomatic skills is divorced from reality.
“There is a now a clear danger that the arrival of Johnson in Downing Street and the collapse of his Brexit plan would mark a further descent into a No Deal departure from the EU which hardly anyone voted for in the last referendum
“That is why more and more MPs, businesses and voters are turning to a final say referendum as the only democratic way of solving this crisis.”