Boris Johnson: Please Vote Leave on Thursday, because we’ll never get this chance again

Posted: June 20, 2016 by tallbloke in EU Referendum, solar system dynamics


Highlights from Boris Johnson’s final pre-referendum Telegraph column.

When you pick up your ballot paper this Thursday, you have it in your hands to transform Britain’s current democratic arrangements for the better. You can change the whole course of European history – and if you vote Leave, I believe that change will be overwhelmingly positive.

What is the Remain camp offering? Nothing. No change, no improvement, no reform; nothing but the steady and miserable erosion of parliamentary democracy in this country.

If Britain votes to Remain in the EU, then we continue to be subject to an increasingly anti-democratic system that is now responsible for 60 per cent of the law that goes through Westminster – a phenomenon that contributes so powerfully to the modern voter’s apathy, the sensation that we no longer control our destiny, and that voting changes nothing.

Finally the Remainers are now desperately trying to suggest that anyone who wants to Leave is somehow against the spirit of modern Britain; against openness, tolerance, decency. What nonsense – and what an insult to the people of all races and parties and ages and beliefs who simply want to take back control of this country’s democracy.

Think of what we can achieve if we vote Leave. We can take back control of huge sums of money – £10.6 billion net per year – and spend it on our priorities. We can take back control of our borders, and install an Australian-style points-based system that is fair both to people coming from the EU and from non-EU countries.

We can do global trade deals that even the EU commission itself believes could generate another 300,000 jobs. Above all we could take back control of our powers to pass laws and set tax rates in the interest of the UK economy. We can reorientate the UK economy to the whole world, rather than confining ourselves to an EU that now amounts to only 15 per cent of global GDP.

Now is the time to believe in ourselves, and in what Britain can do, and to remember that we always do best when we believe in ourselves. Of course we can continue to provide leadership and support for Europe – but intergovernmentally, outside the supranational EU system.

Why shouldn’t we do this? When in the history of this country have we gone wrong by believing in self-government?

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  1. TinyCO2 says:

    Maybe there are shy Brexiters out there. I suspect some don’t want to be seen having voted for an exit if it all goes wrong. Similarly I suspect they don’t want to be tarred by the brush of that nutter but will vote with their heart when the time comes. They were tentatively emerging before the shooting.

  2. Curious George says:

    Britons just don’t know how to use opportunities the EU provides. Look at Greece. Stay and adopt Euro.

  3. Richard111 says:

    Hope Boris knows how to keep an eye on the counting.

  4. thefordprefect says:

    vote stay. its the last chance you will have.
    Boris + trump + putin = end of intelligence

  5. A C Osborn says:

    The Jo Cox murder was a politically empathic disaster for Brexit and the remain camp have been playing it for all they are worth.
    It will now be much closer than it would have been before it.

  6. TinyCO2 says:

    A timely Matt cartoon to illustrate

  7. michael hart says:

    TinyCO2, that Matt cartoon probably sums up everything the MSM has been missing, or wilfully ignoring, recently:

    There is an unquantifiable, but probably significant, fraction of voters who have retreated from the MSM and pollsters. They seem to have been partly responsible for electing the current government. It is a simple speculative step to suggest that they voted for the Conservative Party because they were promised a European Referendum.

    I’m not sure myself, and make no predictions, but I’m enjoying watching the show. What will they threaten us with before Thursday? What are the campaigning laws surrounding a referendum, and will the politicians observe them? How will the BBC behave? Google and Facebook are private companies, but the BBC has a charter, allegedly.

  8. Fast says:

    If the Jo Cox killing is the driver for remaining or leaving then the British public will have made a decision based on emotion and not one based on logic which this issue demands. The British public in their 20’s now will know in their 50’s and 60’s if they still recognize the Britain they thought they would have. The choice is for the future of the young and I hope it is done with eyes wide open and a clear head.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    Seems selling things to the E.U. from “outside” isn’t all that hard…

  10. p.g.sharrow says:

    I was listening to a talking head on her investigation of “man on the street opinions” about Brexit and what she learned was. The educated opinioneers said that the British would stay. the taxi drivers said their opinion was to leave. Somehow I think that the taxi drivers have a better idea of sentiment that will drive the voting…pg

  11. tom0mason says:

    A picture paints a thousand words…

  12. tom0mason says:

    The picture I got from a rather sensible website of

  13. Annie says:

    That’s a great cartoon tom0mason. There was another good one on Pointman’s blog…do take a look if you haven’t already done so. The sentiment is similar!

  14. tom0mason says:

    Thank-you Annie – both funny and to the point!

  15. Ross Lea says:

    To all the Labour supporters who are undecided I recomment you view this

    and share it as much as you can.

  16. Poly says:

    Good luck “leave” supporters!
    The prediction and betting markets have spoken – unfortunately you have little chance (about 30% probability at best).
    There is one conspiracy last gasp chance for the markets to be wrong;
    I am not sure about this, but best wishes for “leave” and a well done on a campaign well fought!

  17. Timo Soren says:

    While I was reading this article my wife from across the room said, “he must have a new stylist and he doesn’t look overly tan.” She thought the photo of Boris was of the the Trump!

  18. P.A.S. says:

    I know it is little too late, but here is another image, that could convince some of “remainers” to change their moods… (and even if it’s later, it could help some to understand few things better…)

    The image is quite controversial, but the reality is too…

    I’d be glad, if you could repost it somewhere, where a rather christian audience could read it…
    (I do not have got neither twitter nor facebook account, and even if I had, few would have a chance to read it…)

    The Work took more time than originally expected and is still not finished, but no more time left now.

    Let’s see, if the next version will also need to compare Democracy levels and support the domino blocks 23 6 1 6 0 with some vote-rigging symbol, or if the “mannequin piss” will get pissed himself (and turned onto the Tower?)…

    About vote rigging – as englishmen rigged the Scottish referendum recently – by travelling north to vote “stay” against them, it may return now, that the Scottish part would pull you back to “remain” ? Such is a national “Karma” sometimes… The immigrants are (partly) a national “Karma” too…

    Anyway I’d like to wish you (and us too) that the common sense wins and “leave” will be chosen…

    (Technote: Please do not modify the image – which is protected by a watermark, and it is necessary to use it in PNG format at least in this resolution due to some pixel-level details, small legend texts and numeric references… Otherwise feel free to copy anywhere…)

  19. gallopingcamel says:

    Jo Cox attended Pembroke College, Cambridge.

    As an alumnus I got an email from my college that I found offensive. Apparently I was the only one out of 700 respondents who objected to using a tragedy to push a political agenda. If I am wrong please tell me. If you think I am right let Matthew Mellor know that you agree with me:

    Dear Mr Morcombe
    I am consoled that yours is the only message of this ilk that I have received among more than 700, so you are right that I do not comprehend how offensive how my communication can have been to you, nor the extent of the offence, but I doubt that ivory towers have anything to do with it.

    Matthew Mellor

    Matthew Mellor, Fellow and Development Director, Pembroke College, Cambridge, CB2 1RF
    Tel: +44 1223 339079
    Fax: +44 1223 339081
    Pembroke College, Cambridge
    Pembroke College, Cambridge is a registered charity, no. 1137492

    From: Peter Morcombe []
    Sent: 18 June 2016 04:02
    To: Matthew Mellor
    Subject: Re: Jo Cox MP (1974-2016)

    Naturally I deplore murder and especially one of our own.

    I find it disgraceful that you as a member of Pembroke College should use this tragedy to advance a loony political agenda.

    In your ivory tower I doubt that you can comprehend how offensive your email is to me.


    On 06/17/2016 05:29 PM, Matthew Mellor wrote:
    Dear Mr Morcombe

    Yesterday’s dreadful murder of Jo Cox (Pembroke 1992) has shocked us all and is being felt deeply in the College community as everywhere else.

    In the aftermath of this, current students, College staff, Fellows and alumni have thought about ways in which the College might honour Jo’s memory. A few weeks ago, undergraduates and graduates approached the Fellowship about joining them in making a collective gift to a Syrian refugee cause and to forego certain privileges in order to do so. We have agreed today, as a community, to make that gift in honour of Jo, who was personally committed to alleviating the plight of Syrian refugees.

    You may know that a fund has been set up in Jo’s memory, and it is in aid of the following charities:

    The Royal Voluntary Service, to support volunteers helping combat loneliness in Jo’s constituency, Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire. HOPE not hate, who seek to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities across Britain.

    The White Helmets: volunteer search and rescue workers in Syria. Unarmed and neutral, these heroes have saved more than 51,000 lives from under the rubble and bring hope to the region.

    The fund web address is:

    Our gift will be made in her memory and since we will be mentioning this at tomorrow evening’s dinner to mark the 30th anniversary of the admission of women to Pembroke, we thought that other Pembroke alumni/ae would like to be aware of this opportunity to honour Jo’s memory in a very effective way.

    Kind regards

    If you would rather not receive any further communications from Pembroke via email, please click on the following link: https.//