WATCH: Boris Johnson Brexit Speech Gets Standing Ovation

Chris Menahan
Jun. 23, 2016

Former London Mayor and Conservative MP Boris Johnson received a standing ovation for his rousing closing speech during BBC's "Great Debate" program Tuesday.


At the end of this campaign, I think you’ll agree there is a very clear choice between those on their side, who speak of nothing but fear of leaving the EU, and we on our side, who offer hope – between those who’ve been endlessly rubbishing our country and running it down, and those of us who believe in Britain.

They say we can’t do it. We say we can. They say we have no choice but to bow down to Brussels. We say they are woefully underestimating this country and what it can do.

If we vote “Leave,” we can take back control of our borders, of huge sums of money – tens of billions of pounds a year net – of our tax-raising powers, of our trade policies and of our whole lawmaking system – the democracy that is the foundation of our prosperity.

And if we stand up for democracy, we will be speaking up for hundreds of millions of people around Europe who agree with us, but who currently have no voice.

And if we vote “Leave” and take back control, I believe that this Thursday can be our country’s “Independence Day.”
James Bartholomew described Johnson's speech as the "defining moment of the campaign."

Via The Spectator:
This short speech marked a complete change of atmosphere. That is why it was so potent. It was hopeful, ambitious. The Leave side of the audience was thrilled. For the first time in the evening, people spontaneously started standing up as they clapped. The BBC coverage which I saw later showed just a few people standing, but I can tell you more and more people stood up all around the hall and up at the sides. It was an extraordinary moment because finally we were released from the self-doubt, niggling fears and negative claims. It was a moment of ‘Omigod! Of course we can do this!’

At last Boris came good. It was one of the best moments in politics I have ever witnessed. Unfortunately it appears that journalists in the ‘spin room’ missed it as the sound had been turned off. It should have been on the front page of every newspaper and led every television news report. Do watch it above. This was his finest hour. Well, minute, anyway.
I'm reminded of what Donald Trump said humorously while campaigning in New Hampshire: "It doesn't matter if it's raining, snowing, you have to get out and you have to vote no matter what. I say it all the time. If you’re sick, if you’re really like you can’t move, you’re close to death, your doctor tells you it’s not working, your wife is disgusted with you … I don’t give a damn, you gotta get out to vote."

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