Boris Johnson Calls For a Change in the UK's Relationship With Europe as UKIP Surges

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for a re-think of the British relationship with the E.U. at a speech at the Thomas Reuters headquarters in London. Calling the euro a “calamitous project,” Johnson urged Prime Minister David Cameron to offer the British people a referendum on membership of the single market:

That is a renegotiated treaty we could and should put to the vote of the British people. It is high time that we had a referendum, and it would be a very simple question: 'Do you want to stay in the EU single market – yes or no? And if people don't think the new relationship is an improvement then they will exercise their sovereign right to leave the EU.

He also attacked the E.U.’s moral and intellectual foundation:

I don't understand why we continually urge the eurozone countries to go forward with this fiscal and political union, when we know in our hearts that it is anti-democratic and therefore intellectually and morally wrong,

Johnson’s comments come amid a surge of popularity being enjoyed by the eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Recent by-elections have sent the British government worrying signals.

For the first time in a while euroscepticism is mainstream and is enjoying significant support in parties other than UKIP. Some Conservatives have recently spoken out in favor of a pact or deal with UKIP in light of their recent successes. 

Conservatives are in a difficult position being in coalition with the europhilic Liberal Democrats, who would oppose any moves to drastically change the British relationship with the E.U.

One way that the Conservatives might be able to hold onto their support is to make a firm commitment to offering a referendum on the U.K.’s relationship with the E.U. However, David Cameron would not want to look like he is agreeing with Boris Johnson on Europe or looking to him for advice. Nor would he want to risk a collaspe of the coalition government. 

Whatever Conservatives do, they should act quickly. UKIP leader Nigel Farage will continue to enjoy support as long as UKIP remains the only party offering serious changes to the U.K.'s relationship with the E.U. 

Watch Farage make his feeling towards the President of the European Council known below:

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  • Almanian.||

    Stupid EU!

  • Almanian.||

    Also, Freshest!

    Just to irritate whomever does not like people who comment on being FIRST (except Fist). Nanananabooooboooo!

  • iggy||


    Way to talk all fancy, elitist.

  • flye||

    Moe: The "garage"? Hey fellas, the "garage"! Well, ooh lah di dah, Mr. French Man.
    Homer: Well what do you call it?
    Moe: A car hole!

  • ||


    I speak for the majority of the British people. We don't know you we don't want you and the sooner you are put out to grass the better.

  • ||

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

  • Big Chief||

    Excellent Alt-Text suggestion. Yet another picture that demands alt-text and gets none!

  • ||

    Yet another picture that demands alt-text

    Technically a picture that demands an alt-text needs none.

    Also damn you to hell for making me defend the journalistic choices of Feeney.

  • Gene||

    One of the funniest clips I've seen on H&R.

  • Hugh Akston||

    ...when we know in our hearts that it is anti-democratic and therefore intellectually and morally wrong.:


  • ||

    Does the recipient of this wrath speak and understand English or was this flashing a blind man?

    Damn, it WAS funny.

  • ||

    You come from Belgium which is a non-country.

    Yeah I am pretty sure everyone in Belgium understands English.

    It is one of the great ironies of Euro-unity is all its European proponents have been educated to speak English.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    On Nigel Farange:

    Why are Britain's Conservatives so much more interesting than ours?

  • ||

    Cuz our conservatives are simply Democrats who hate gays and Mexicans.

  • ||

    Nigel is such a blowhard, but at least he's fun to watch.

  • Sevo||

    'You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately ... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!'

  • Pro Libertate||

    Belgium is "pretty much a non-country?" Man, that general European war really is coming, isn't it?

  • Sevo||

    "Belgium is "pretty much a non-country?""
    Yeah, it's an argument between the Waloons and the Flemish that's been going on long enough it got its own flag.

  • John||

    That is okay. The only reason the place exists is so that the British and Germans can have a neutral field to settle their differences.

  • Sevo||

    Pretty much nice and flat, too!

  • Zeb||

    And so the Dutch have a place to go have fun.

  • hotsy totsy||

    Good beer though.

  • Jordan||

    Damn, that video was outstanding. Nigel Farage just laid the smack down something fierce. I thought Britain was nothing but pussies.

  • waaminn||

    That dude really needs to do something with that hair!

  • iggy||

    How the hell did it know?

  • ||

    Spooky huh?
    Pedobot is becoming less and less of a bot.

  • InlineSkate||

    To be fair old Boris is famous for his terrible hair.

  • Invisible Finger||

    I imagine it could search for commonly-searched terms that go along with "Boris Johnson"

  • Robert||

    It looks Photoshopped. You can see normal hair, and then that stuff on top that's not even a matching color.

  • flye||

    The Gregory Brothers used that awesome Nigel Farage clip in the first minute of Auto Tune The News #11:

  • Brutus||


  • Russell||

    Ah, UKIP with a human face!

  • Jerryskids||

    For some reason, my browser won't display the alt text on that pic of Boris. And don't tell me there's no alt text on *that* pic. Why else would you have it if not for the alt text?

  • Lyle||

    Nigel Farage is awesome.

  • amelia||

    "Sir, you have no legitimacy in this job at all."

    I love how he looks all shocked and put out but then realizes Farage ain't shutting up and then looks properly chastised.

  • Turd in the Punchbowl||

  • ||

    There can be little doubt that Cameron’s opinion of UKIP is but a pale shadow of the U.S. bifactional ruling party’s hatred and contempt for white Americans who still hold to traditional values,


  • Lord Humungus||

    Farage is honestly one of the best speakers I've seen in a long time.

  • waaminn||

    lol, gotta love those bought and paid ofr politicians!

  • DJF||

    The fools, there is but one leader of Europe and it does not share power.

  • ||

    "David Cameron to offer the British people a referendum on membership of the single market:"

    Does anybody actually care about the "common market" or is it just the mandarins in the bureaucracy that they hate?


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