During the interview with John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4, Boris Johnson, the leading Brexiteer in the Cabinet , was asked why Britain should try to control immigration if it is economically beneficial for the country.Boris answered: “It is not a good idea to have absolutely no control. And what is certainly not a good is for politicians to stand up year after year and say ‘We can cut immigration to the tens of thousands’ when they know fine well that is legally impossible.
“We have a city the size of Newcastle being added every year, with huge unfunded pressures on the NHS and on other public services.”
Boris also made clear he has no regrets over describing Barack Obama as a “part-Kenyan President” during a scathing attack on the American leader’s support for Britain to remain in the EU.
Boris said. “It is absolutely absurd for the US to continue to urge us further down the line towards a federal superstar when the US has not even signed up to the UN Convention on Human Rights.
“We were told by President Obama that in respect of international trade we would have to get to the back of the queue, not a position that America normally requires the United Kingdom to be in when it comes to other matters such as the Iraq War.”
Asked about his decision to back the Leave campaign and defy David Cameron he said: “It is perfectly true to say that I thought long and hard about this decision and it was very very difficult decision to come to because I didn’t want to be at variance with the prime minister.
“What has changed over the last 20 years since I went to Brussels? My position has hardened and hardened.”
The verdict according to the Telegraph : A win for Mr Johnson. He was correct to say that countries such as the US have access to the single market without accepting rules like the free movement of labour: Americans can sell things in the EU without granting visa-free entry to EU nationals
An outstanding performance from the Foreign Secretary. In another interview with Good Morning Britain, Boris called Corbyn a mutton headed mugwump and pointed out that far from being a genial old boy, Corbyn’s policy of removing our defences combined with free movement is hugely dangerous.