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James Downey: 'Big beasts' backing Britain's exit from EU will inevitably rattle our cage too

Published 11/05/2013 | 17:00

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson says he wants Britain out of the European Union. Not much of a story, that. Mayor Boris has been a Eurosceptic for many a year. But the timing of his intervention in the debate is interesting.

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He has followed two former "big beasts" of the Conservative Party, Michael Portillo and Lord Lawson, among the notables who intend to vote against British membership of the EU in the in-out referendum in 2017. Their ranks will swell further as time goes by.

The word 'former' points up a big difference. Mr Portillo and Lord Lawson are yesterday's men. Mayor Boris is very much today's man, and bent on becoming tomorrow's man.

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