The Prime Minister announced his new Brexit Freedoms Bill earlier this month, lauding the legislation as a way to untangle the UK faster from EU regulations. He said he was moving forward with the scrapping of bloc laws brought over after Brexit, which will stimulate business growth within the UK.
Mr Johnson added the Bill will allow the UK to set its own rules for “cutting edge technologies of the future”, he added.
But despite the Prime Minister’s very public commitment to ‘Get Brexit Done’, veteran Eurosceptic and former leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, questioned Mr Johnson’s dedication to the Brexit cause.
Mr Farage, answering questions from Express.co.uk readers, said Mr Johnson’s policies were “barely conservative”, and he treated the backing of the Brexit agenda as a “career opportunity”.
He responded to one Express.co.uk reader’s view of Mr Johnson as a “Remainer at heart” with an analysis of the Prime Minister’s reaction to the Brexit referendum.
He claimed: “Boris Johnson was always a Metropolitan Liberal.
“The truth is, he’s barely conservative.
“His pro-China views are clear, he supported amnesties for illegal migrants when he was Mayor of London, and on the referendum, I think he chose to back the Brexit side as a matter of career opportunity ‑ not as a matter of principle.
“Just look at his face the morning after the referendum result was declared.
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Former minister under Mr Johnson, Sir Alan Duncan, claimed at the time that Mr Johnson had backed Leave to secure the party leadership spot.
He said: “I think there are a lot of Leave people who don’t believe it, and I’ve always thought that Boris’s wish was to lose by one so that he could be the heir apparent without having to have all the… you know… of clearing up all the mess, that’s always been my view of Boris.”
He added: “By championing leave, he can be the great heir apparent of the future, darling of the activists, but actually it would be quite good if he didn’t actually win the referendum because there would be total chaos.”
Responding to Sir Alan’s comments, Mr Johnson said Brexit was “an opportunity to get out from, I think, the unnecessary burdens of the European Union treaties and do a global free trade deal.”
When Mr Johnson, who was London mayor at the time, declared his support for the Brexit campaign in February 2016, he added he did so “after a huge amount of heartache”.
He said: “I would like to see a new relationship based more on trade, on cooperation, with much less of this supranational element.
“So that is where I’m coming from and that is why I have decided, after a huge amount of heartache, because the last thing I wanted was to go against David Cameron or the government, I don’t think there is anything else I can do.
“I will be advocating 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 to take control.
“That is really what this is all about.”
He added: “I have thought about it for many years.
“I don’t see how, having worried about this issue for quite so long and having fulminated for quite so long about the lack of democracy in the EU, I can pass up the only chance any of us have in our lifetimes to put an alternative point of view.”.