The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has lambasted former premier Tony Blair for urging opponents of Brexit to “rise up” against leaving the European Union (EU).
In a speech delivered in London on Friday, the former Labour prime minister said, “The people voted without knowledge of the terms of Brexit,” and suggested that “as the terms become clear it is their right to change their mind — our mission is to persuade them to do so.”
In response to his remarks, Johnson censured Blair’s “bare-faced effrontery” and accused him of arrogance and insulting the intelligence of those who had voted to leave the 28-member bloc.
“Now he has the bare-faced effrontery to tell the British people that they were wrong last June. He is showing contempt for the intelligence of the electorate,” he said. “I call on the British people to rise up and turn off the TV when Tony Blair next appears with his condescending campaign.”
Johnson, who was speaking at…