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Verhofstadt: Boris Johnson full of false promises

Tory leadership front-runner Boris Johnson “continues to dissemble, exaggerate, and disinform the pu..

Tory leadership front-runner Boris Johnson “continues to dissemble, exaggerate, and disinform the public about Brexit,” the European Parliaments Brexit coordinator and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said.

In an op-ed for Project Syndicate Wednesday, he wrote: “As is often the case with populists, reality does not square with Johnsons ensorceling combination of false promises, pseudo-patriotism, and foreigner bashing … To Johnsons followers, however, he is more prophet than politician: only he can deliver a mythical true Brexit that will deliver the prosperity promised during the referendum campaign.”

Verhofstadt, an avowedly pro-EU MEP who has clashed verbally with Brexiteers like Nigel Farage in the past, touted the free-trade credentials of the EU — “the real global trading power” — and accused Johnson and his followers of “speak[ing] of a Global Britain that will trade freely with the rest of the world, even as they drag their country down a path strewn with uprooted trade ties and substantial new barriers to commerce.”

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