Boris Johnson: Jean-Claude Juncker 'gave game away' with 'insulting' no further reform comments

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22nd June 2016

Vote Leave figurehead Boris Johnson has said Jean-Claude Juncker has “given the game away” with his “insulting” admission that Britain would receive no further EU reforms.

Boris Johnson hit out at Jean-Claude Juncker and said the EU vote was worth risking his career over
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The president of the European Commission today said David Cameron had extracted the “maximum” reform from fellow member states, and there would be no further concessions.

Brexit bigwig Mr Johnson said Mr Juncker’s comments showed the “conceit” of EU officials and proved no one seeking to stay in the bloc and fight for change will “get what they want”.

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“The president of the European Commission had really given the game away by saying Britain has had its negotiation,” the top Tory said while out campaigning before polls open tomorrow.

“In a way they [the comments] are pretty insulting but they are the truth that there is no prospect of further change, further improvement on migration or any other subject as long as we remain.”

He said the only way for Britain to change its relationship with the EU was to “vote Leave and take back control tomorrow”.

And he added: “The idea we can do better by staying in the EU and fighting for change is, I’m afraid, a sham and snare and I’m afraid a delusion.”

Mr Johnson’s campaign colleague Michael Gove meanwhile said in a statement there was “no prospect of getting any reform from the EU ever again”.


Mr Cameron said this morning that the process of reform would “continue on Friday” if the UK decides to remain inside the bloc.

Senior Labour politicians including deputy leader Tom Watson have also suggested the UK should try to get more tools to deal with the pressure caused by free movement.

There were also reports last week that Mr Cameron was mulling a last-ditch pledge to change the rules as the Remain campaign came under pressure over the issue of immigration.

But today Mr Juncker was emphatic that there would be no further ground given to British demands.

“British voters have to know there will be no kind of any negotiation,” he told a press conference

“We have concluded a deal with the prime minister. He got the maximum he could receive, and we gave the maximum we could give, so there will be no kind of renegotiation."


Elsewhere, when asked whether his political career was at stake if Leave did not win the vote, Mr Johnson said "big deal" and "who cares".

It has been suggested Mr Johnson does not really want to leave the EU but decided to back Brexit to further his prospects of reaching No 10.

Asked by Sky News whether a Leave vote was worth sacrificing his career for, he said: "Of course, of course."

He added: "This is so much more important than any individual politician."