Commenting on Boris Johnson’s latest attempts to dodge question on Brexit, Alex Sobel MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Brexit is the biggest issue facing the country in generations and yet Boris Johnson, the man who almost everybody thinks will shortly be Prime Minister, is treating us all with contempt and disdain.
“It is not just that he regards it as legitimate that the views and prejudices of a deeply unrepresentative 0.25% of the population who are Conservative Party members should be the deciding factor on Brexit, it is that he refuses to submit himself to any sustained public scrutiny on the questions that will decide whether thousands of people keep their jobs and livelihoods.
“Instead, Johnson has sought to exercise maximal control over media appearances so he can pursue a strategy which looks very much like telling different audiences what they want to hear about Brexit and hoping no one notices the contradictions.
“So he pledges to some that he wants Britain out of the EU on 31 October with No Deal, whilst yesterday he first told a behind closed doors business breakfast he wanted a deal based substantially on Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement and repeatedly refused to rule out extending the Brexit deadline in yesterday’s BBC debate.
“This suggests his strategy is to get himself through the leadership election without telling us how he would deal with Brexit. This points to more of the drift and dither of the last three years that has left our country humiliated and facing another cliff-edge this autumn where, once again, we will be staring at the real prospect of disastrous No Deal departure from the EU.
“The jokes have got better but a destructive Brexit threatening thousands of jobs, with weakened security and leaving us weak and open to bullying by the likes of Trump is no laughing matter.
“That’s why more and more MPs on both sides of the House of Commons are concluding the only democratic solution to the Brexit crisis is to give the public the final say in a People’s Vote.”