Sunday 25 September 2016

It's all gone thong! Boris Johnson targets EU with pants-related taunts

Published 16/05/2016 | 16:36

Boris Johnson used plenty of underwear-themed jokes on a visit to a knicker factory
Boris Johnson used plenty of underwear-themed jokes on a visit to a knicker factory

Boris Johnson has dismissed the EU as a "badly designed undergarment", adding: "Knickers to all those who talk Britain down."

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Mr Johnson criticised opponents of Britain leaving the EU for their pessimism and claimed their "pants are on fire", as he campaigned for Leave at a Derbyshire factory which makes womenswear, knitwear and lingerie.

The former London mayor returned to the campaign trail amid continuing questions over his comparison of the EU with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's plans for domination of the continent.

After arriving at the David Nieper factory in Alfreton, Mr Johnson was guided to a sewing machine where he attempted to make improvements to a Vote Leave flag.

The Tory MP then ironed the flag and joked "We're going to flatten our opponents", with factory worker Sheila Stout impressed by his "fabulous" ironing.

But he reserved his knicker blast at Brexit knockers for a speech to workers at the firm, whose managing director Christopher Nieper has expressed his support for Leave.

Mr Johnson said: "I think when you look at the EU now it makes me think of, as I look around this wonderful factory, some badly designed undergarment that has now become too tight in some places - far too tight, far too constrictive and dangerously loose in other places.

"Now, is that the kind of undergarment we make here at David Nieper? Absolutely not.

"That's why you're continuing to do so well and according to both David and Christopher Nieper continuing to export around the world. What a fantastic achievement by a British company."

He added: "I just say to all those who prophecy gloom and doom for British business, I say their pants are on fire folks.

"I think their pants are on fire and if they want a new pair this is the place to come.

"Knickers to the pessimists, how about that? Let's say knickers to the pessimists, knickers to all those who talk Britain down."

Mr Johnson was joined by Labour MP and fellow Vote Leave campaigner Gisela Stuart for the visit, which later included a tour of John A Stephens Ltd - a builders' merchant in Nottingham.

The duo spoke with Emma Lowe, 43, of Nottingham as she shopped for slabs.

Asked if she was voting Remain or Leave, she said: "I'm still on the fence."

Mr Johnson joked: "This is the place, they've got loads of fences."

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