EU referendum: London mayor Boris Johnson and Conservative mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith back Brexit as City grandees call on City of London Corporation to stay neutral in run-up to referendum
London mayor Boris Johnson declared his support for Britain leaving the European Union last night, in a move that exposed deep divisions in both the Tory Party and the capital.
Johnson announced yesterday that he had “made up” his mind “after a great deal of heartache”, adding, “The last thing I wanted was to go against David Cameron or the government.”
Johnson’s Brexit endorsement was seen as a slight to the Prime Minister but a major coup for eurosceptics, with the latest Ipsos MORI poll showing that more than one in three people regard the mayor as “important” to their decision to vote to remain or leave in the In/Out vote on 23 June.
In a statement outside his north London home, the mayor criticised Cameron’s reform deal, secured at an EU summit in Brussels Friday night.
“I don't think anyone could realistically claim this is a fundamental reform of the EU or of Britain's relationship with EU,” Johnson said.
The mayor joins six cabinet ministers who are also backing Brexit.
Meanwhile, the Conservative candidate to succeed Johnson in City Hall, Zac Goldsmith, also revealed that he would vote for the UK to leave the EU.