Follow the day’s political developments as they happen, including the foreign secretary’s ‘road to Brexit’ speech at 11am
Johnson addresses the third concern he says pro-remain supporters express to him: fear of the economic impact.
Those figures reflect the broader story that the lion’s share of the growth is taking place outside the EU, and especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
We will be able to take back control of our borders – not because I am hostile to immigrants or immigration. Far from it. We need talented people to come and make their lives in this country – doctors, scientists, the coders and programmers who are so crucial to Britain’s booming tech economy.
But we also need to ask ourselves some hard questions about the impact of 20 years of uncontrolled immigration by low-skilled, low-wage workers – and what many see as the consequent suppression of wages and failure to invest properly in the skills of indigenous young people.
Johnson has suggested most people in the UK have very little understanding of what the EU does - and how.
We now have arrangements of such complexity and obscurity that I ask even my most diehard of remainer friends if they can explain their Spitzenkandidaten process – which has genuinely delighted the MEPs as much as it has mystified the UK; or the exact relationship between the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, justiciable in Luxembourg, and the European Convention on Human Rights whose court sits in Strasbourg.
How many in this room knows the answer to those questions, let alone the name of their Euro-MP?
If we wanted to find the person responsible for drafting the next phase of EU integration ... we wouldn’t know where to find them, let alone how to remove them from office.
That is why people voted Leave – not because they were hostile to European culture and civilisation, but because they wanted to take back control.Continue reading...