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Bonn - 17 February 2017
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary:
"This is a discussion we had most of last year and it came out very firmly in favour of leaving the EU. Everywhere I go, I find people who admire UK democracy, admire British democracy and very much admire the British people last year for sticking up for their democracy. Everywhere I go around the world, I meet people who think Brexit is going to be a spectacular success, exactly as the prime minister has said, and who are queuing up to help us to make it a spectacular success. We heard all these arguments last year, not a thing has changed, And I really think it is insulting the intelligence of the electorate to say that they got it wrong."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary:
"Of course there will be elections down the line, of course there will be, but be in no doubt that the people of this country were told all sorts of absolute claptrap about the economic consequences of leaving the EU. They were told there would have to be a punishment budget, they were told the economy would go off a cliff, the very opposite has happened. What I'm struck by is the incredible confidence that international investors, international leaders had in our country and in the future of our country and in our ability to make a great success of a relationship that doesn't mean leaving Europe, but simply extricating ourselves from the treaties of the European Union, in such a way as to give ourselves the opportunity to do free trade deals that we could never do before. This country, our country, the UK, has a phenomenal future and people are waking up to that. And as for Tony Blair, whatever his merits as a former prime minister, this is the guy who would have taken our country into the euro, with what would have been catastrophic consequences, this is the guy who dragooned the United Kingdom into the Iraq war, on a completely false prospectus, with consequences which foreign ministers here (at the G20 meeting) are still trying to deal with. So I respectfully say to Tony Blair, those who call the British people to 'rise up' against Brexit, I urge the British people to 'rise up and turn off the TV' next time Blair comes on with his condescending campaign."
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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday criticised former prime minister Tony Blair's anti-Brexit stance, saying it was "insulting to the intelligence of the electorate" to suggest that Britons had made the wrong choice to leave the EU in last year's referendum.
Blair launched a new campaign Friday to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds about leaving the European Union.
Speaking in Bonn, Johnson responded that people should "rise up and turn off the TV" if Blair was on air with his "condescending campaign".
Blair urged voters to speak out against the government's drive to exit the EU at any cost, saying it could damage future generations.
He argued that Britons voted without knowledge of the true terms of Brexit.
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