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Boris Johnson will campaign for Britain to LEAVE the EU despite David Cameron warning him not to ‘link arms with Nigel Farage and George Galloway’

  • London Mayor’s decision to back Brexit will electrify the EU campaign
  • David Cameron used live TV interview to plead him to join In camp
  • Johnson admitted he had been ‘veering like a shopping trolley’ over the decision 
  • He joins six Cabinet ministers and 144 Tory MPs backing Brexit

In a major development a day after the June 23 referendum was called, the Mayor of London is expected to confirm he is joining six Cabinet ministers to rebel against the Prime Minister to back Brexit.

His announcement will electrify the EU referendum and hand the Out campaign a major boost.

Boris Johnson, pictured arriving at his home in north London this afternoon, will join the Out campaign tonight, according to reports


 Boris Johnson is mobbed by photographers as he arrives at his Islington home this afternoon. His decision to join the Out campaign will electrify the referendum and deliver a major boost to those backing Brexit

Boris Johnson is mobbed by photographers as he arrives at his Islington home this afternoon. His decision to join the Out campaign will electrify the referendum and deliver a major boost to those backing Brexit

Mr Johnson decided to back the Out campaign this afternoon, according to the BBC, and will confirm his decision later tonight.

Brexit campaigners will now attempt to persuade him to lead the Leave campaign.

His decision could have a major impact on the outcome of the referendum.

 A poll last week found that one in three people viewed his decision as ‘important’ in helping them decide which way to vote in the referendum – making his voice the second most influential politician after Mr Cameron.

His decision comes despite Mr Cameron using a live TV interview to warn him against ‘linking arms with Nigel Farage and George Galloway and taking a leap into the dark’.

Sources close to the Mayor of London revealed that he admits he is ‘veering like a shopping trolley’ over which side of the referendum campaign to join.

His sister, Rachel Johnson, this morning rejected accusations that voting for Brexit would be a ‘betraying’ Londoners, insisting his decision was ‘enormously difficult’ and predicted his announcement would have a ‘very significant’ on the referendum result.

‘This is an enormously complicated decision for everybody… his participation in either camp is going to be very significant and this this is why he’s taking so long to decide,’ she told Sky News.

The Prime Minister said this morning: ‘I would say to Boris what I’d say to everybody else: We will be safer, we’ll be stronger, we’ll be better off inside the EU.

‘I think the prospect of linking arms with Nigel Farage and George Galloway and taking a leap into the dark is the wrong step for our country and if Boris, if others really care about being able to get things done in our world, then the EU is one of the ways in which we get them done.’

‘We’re members of Nato, we’re members of the UN, we’re members of the IMF, I care about Britain being able to fix stuff – whether it’s stopping pirates off the African coast, whether it’s closing down illegal migration routes, closing down smugglers, whether it’s standing up to Vladimir Putin with sanctions, whether it’s the sanctions we put in place to get Iran to abandon its nuclear plan – having that seat in the EU, just as being a member of Nato is a vital way that we project our values, our power and our influence in the world.’

It comes on a day when the referendum campaign kicked off in earnest, with Mr Cameron declaring war on his own Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers by accusing them of misleading the public over claims that leaving the EU would win back control over immigration.

Pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers challenged the Prime Minister’s EU deal today and Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Welfare Secretary, directly contradicted Mr Cameron over claims that Britain is ‘safer and stronger’ in the EU.

He warned that remaining a member of the EU would make a Paris-style terror attack in the UK more likely.

‘This open border does not allow us to check and control people that may come and spend time,’ he told the BBC today.

‘We’ve seen what happened in Paris where they spent ages planning and plotting so who’s to say it’s not beyond the wit of man that those might already be thinking about that.’

Asked by the BBC whether staying in the EU made the UK more susceptible to Paris-style attacks, he replied: ‘I think the present status of the open border we have right now many of us feel does actually leave that door open and we need to see that resolved.’

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