Wednesday 18 January 2017

Brexit: Jamie Oliver issues rallying call to stop Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister

Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Published 27/06/2016 | 11:02

Vote Leave campaign leader, Boris Johnson, leaves his home in London, Britain June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Vote Leave campaign leader, Boris Johnson, leaves his home in London, Britain June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
File photo of Boris Johnson who has insisted the UK will always be part of Europe and enjoy "intensifying" co-operation with other nations, as he set out his vision of post-Brexit Britain. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Vote Leave campaign leader, Boris Johnson, leaves his home in London, Britain June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has declared his faith in the British people will be "broken forever" if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister.

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Oliver urged his fans to speak up and stop being spectators as the Tory leadership race begins, determining who will be the next occupant of 10 Downing Street.

Campaign: Chef and dad of four Jamie Oliver.
Campaign: Chef and dad of four Jamie Oliver.
Jamie Oliver.

Writing on Instagram alongside a video of a waving European Union flag, he used the hashtag: "BuggerOffBoris" and encouraged people to share his concerns.

In a message of sadness about the referendum result but hope about the future, in which he promised to "work harder than ever to make this work", he added: "But I Beg you one thing Great Britain? Give me Boris f*****g Johnson as our prime minister and I'm done. I'm out. My faith in us will be broken forever.

"So speak up people - let's stop being spectators! We cannot let this happen- share the s**t out of this!! #BuggerOffBoris

"Trust and building relationships is the only currency that really works."

Oliver said the referendum on leaving the EU has "fractured Europe, divided families and split the country", but urged people to come back together to make the best of it.

He said: "For the last two years, I have been filming all over the world in places where people live the longest, healthiest, happiest and most productive lives - studying their food and culture.

Vote Leave campaign leader, Boris Johnson, leaves his home in London, Britain June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Vote Leave campaign leader, Boris Johnson, leaves his home in London, Britain June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

"And now I finish my journey on the beautiful island of Sardinia, where at the end of the day's filming, as the sun set - I looked back and saw the European flag. For me.. symbolic and very sad.

"But in life you don't always get what you want. So guys, whether you voted In or Out, we are where we are.

Boris Johnson. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Boris Johnson. REUTERS/Neil Hall

"But at some point soon we all need to come back together and make the best of what will be a very bumpy five years. This referendum has fractured Europe, divided families and split the country.

"The divorce of our European marriage will be very costly and provoke a bitterness towards us as a trusted country in the world. However, I do believe in democracy and Britain has spoken.

"In my own way, I will now roll up my sleeves and work harder than ever to make this work."

Oliver's post notched up more than 100,000 views in the first hour and garnered more than 800 comments.

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