Anti-Brexit campaigners target Boris Johnson with fake leadership website

Anti-Brexit campaigners target Boris Johnson with fake leadership website

The 'Boris for Britain' homepage.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A youth group campaigning for a second referendum on Brexit has targeted the former foreign secretary by creating him a fake website for his bid to be the next leader of the Conservative party.

Our Future Our Choice has set up a satirical leadership bid for Boris Johnson with the slogan “Boris for Britain”.

The website includes a letter supposedly from Mr Johnson putting forward his leadership bid.

It said: “I never wanted to be Prime Minister. Indeed, if there was anything I could do to stop myself from running for leader, I would.

“But we need a leader who will escape the shackles of the customs union, bin the backstop, and push our horizons back out across the seas we once ruled.

“As your Prime Minister, I would tell Europe to ‘sod off’, and quickly strike a trade deal with my good friend in the White House that would allow the spirit of American enterprise to course through the veins of our NHS.”

The website includes fake endorsement from figures such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nigel Farage, and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.

The endorsement from Mr Bannon read: “I think he has potential to be a great prime minister, not a good one.”

Visitors to the website are encouraged to donate to the campaign but when clicking on the link; they are instead directed to the crowdfunding page for the anti-Brexit group.

A spokesman for OFOC said that they did not think Boris Johnson should be prime minister, but wanted to use the website “to remind the public of his plans”.

“Whatever is agreed between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson is waiting in the wings to rip it up and do his own deal - one that won't include a customs union, or the alignment on worker's rights, or environmental protections,” he said.

““We wanted to remind MPs and the public of his plans, his views, and his friends. That's why we launched Boris for Britain.

“Of course we don't actually want him as PM - we want a People's vote on whatever deal is agreed.

“Even Boris would be unable to ignore the will of the people, expressed in a confirmatory referendum - whichever way it goes.”

Mr Johnson has been contacted for comment. 

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