Boris Johnson, Britain’s New EU-Loathing PM, Summed Up in 10 Revealing Quotes
Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson enjoys a pint during his leadership campaign, July 10, 2019. (Photo: Henry Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images)
Last night, Boris Johnson was the clear choice by the Conservative Party to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and somehow extricate Britain from the European Union.
In his victory speech last night, Johnson vowed he would avoid the same fate as his two predecessors — David Cameron and Theresa May — whose political careers were destroyed by this seemingly insoluble issue. A polar opposite to the slick Cameron and the plodding May, Johnson promised, “to get Brexit done on Oct. 31, and we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of ‘can do,’ ”
Johnson, 55, first garnered fame in England as an opinionated right-wing journalist, using this podium as a springboard to politics. He served as Mayor of London for eight years before becoming an MP. As a Tory, he has become a vociferous cheerleader of Brexit.
Never shy of a microphone or camera, the wild-haired Johnson is often compared to U.S. President Donald Trump. Like his controversial friend across the sea, Johnson is an unconventional politician who has been criticized for not fully grasping the finer points of policy files and for stirring up controversy through brash and reckless statements.
Here are 10 quotes that should shed some light on Boris Johnson, the man who will lead Britain out of Europe.
- At last night’s victory speech: “Do you look daunted? Do you feel daunted? I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me. We are going to get Brexit done.”
- A man of action: “We will leave the EU on 31 October, deal or no deal. The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a no deal.”
- The consequences of failure: “We need to realize the depth of the problems we face. Unless we get on and do this thing, we will be punished for a very long time. There is a very real choice between getting Brexit done and the potential extinction of this great party.”
- No love for Europe: “Would anyone in their right mind want to join the EU today?”
- Explaining the EU’s real agenda: “Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods.”
- If the EU were an animal … “It would be a lobster. Because the EU, by the very way it works, encourages its participating members to order the lobster at the joint meal because they know that the bill is going to be settled by everybody else — normally by the Germans.”
- This one landed him in trouble: “It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.”
- Imagine if Andrew Scheer said this: “Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a BMW M3.”
- On Hillary Clinton: “She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.”
- Self awareness: “I can hardly condemn Ukip as a bunch of boss-eyed, foam-flecked euro hysterics, when I have been sometimes not far short of boss-eyed, foam-flecked hysteria myself.”