Boris Johnson today condemns the government for failing to highlight the positives of Brexit and instead allowing “hysteria” to take hold following the referendum result.
In his first intervention since withdrawing from the Tory leadership race, Mr Johnson criticises the government for offering the public a “binary choice on the EU” without explaining how the country would move forward in the event of a Leave vote.
In an article for The Telegraph Mr Johnson says the failure to explain that Britain can have a “bright future” has led to protests by young people who now have irrational fear of life outside the EU.
The former Mayor of London says the government’s inertia has led to a “contagious mourning” akin to that which followed the death of Princess Diana.
Mr Johnson’s article comes after thousands of people took to the streets to protest the referendum result at the weekend
He complains that “young people are experiencing the last psychological tremors of Project Fear – perhaps the most thoroughgoing government attempt to manipulate public opinion since the run up to the Iraq war.”
Demanding a plan be put forward before the election of a new Tory leader, Mr Johnson says: “It is time for this nonsense to end… We cannot wait until mid September and a new PM, we need a clear statement, now, of some basic truths.
Mr Johnson withdrew from the Tory leadership race on Thursday after his campaign was abandoned by Michael Gove, who criticised the Former Mayor of London’s leadership before launching his own campaign for office.
Today, Mr Johnson’s former campaign manager, Ben Wallace launches an attack of Mr Gove’s ability to be Prime Minister, saying that he is unfit to be prime minister because he is a gossip and takes aim at Mr Gove’s wife, the newspaper columnist Sarah Vine.
In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Wallace says: “From the minute Michael Gove came on board with Boris’s leadership campaign, things started to go wrong.