The Prime Minister announced his new Brexit Freedoms Bill earlier this month, praising the legislation as a way to disentangle the UK from EU regulations more quickly. He said he was moving forward with the removal of bloc laws introduced after Brexit which will boost business growth in the UK.
Mr Johnson added that the bill will allow the UK to set its own rules for “advanced technologies of the future”, he added.
But despite the Prime Minister’s very public pledge to ‘Get Brexit Done’, veteran Eurosceptic and former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage questioned Mr Johnson’s dedication to the Brexit cause.
Mr Farage, answering questions from readers of Express.co.uk, said Mr Johnson’s policies were ‘hardly conservative’, and he treated backing the Brexit agenda as an ‘opportunity to career”.
He responded to an Express.co.uk reader’s view of Mr Johnson as ‘Remainer at heart’ with an analysis of the Prime Minister’s reaction to the Brexit referendum.
He claimed: “Boris Johnson has always been a Metropolitan Liberal.
“The truth is he’s barely conservative.
“His pro-China views are clear, he supported amnesty for illegal migrants when he was Mayor of London, and in the referendum I think he chose to support the Brexit side for the sake of expediency. of career, and not on principle.
“Just look at his face the day after the announcement of the referendum result.
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The former cabinet minister under Mr Johnson, Sir Alan Duncan, claimed at the time that Mr Johnson had backed Leave to secure the party’s leadership spot.
He said: “I think there are a lot of people at Leave who don’t believe in it, and I always thought Boris’ wish was to lose by one so he could be heir apparent. without having to have all the…you know…cleaning up all the mess, that’s always been my view of Boris.”
He added: ‘In defending Leave he can be the great heir to the future, cherished by activists, but actually it would be pretty good if he didn’t win the referendum because it would be total chaos.’
Responding to Sir Alan’s comments, Mr Johnson said Brexit was “an opportunity to get out of, I think, the unnecessary burdens of the European Union treaties and get a global free trade agreement”.
When Mr Johnson, who was then Mayor of London, declared his support for the Brexit campaign in February 2016, he added that he had done so “after huge heartache”.
He said: “I would like to see a new relationship based more on trade, on cooperation, with a lot less of that supranational element.
“So that’s where I come from and that’s why I decided, after a huge heartbreak, because the last thing I wanted was to go against David Cameron or the government, I don’t think not that there is anything else I can do.
“I will be advocating for Vote Leave – or whatever the team is called, I understand there are a lot of them – because I want a better deal for the people of this country, to save them money and take control.
“That’s really what it’s all about.”
He added: “I thought about it for many years.
“I don’t see how, after worrying about this issue for so long and ranting for so long about the lack of democracy in the EU, I can pass up the only chance each of us has in our life to put an alternative point of view”.