Boris Johnson has denied talking about Turkey during the Brexit referendum campaign, despite having written a public letter to the then prime minister warning about the issue.
The former foreign secretary claimed he “didn’t say anything about Turkey in the referendum…I didn’t say a thing about Turkey”.
However, in a joint letter sent with fellow Brexiteer Michael Gove, he wrote to then prime minister David Cameron to insist that the only way to protect the UK from mass immigration from Turkey was to leave the EU.
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The Vote Leave campaign, of which Mr Johnson was a prominent member, also repeatedly warned voters that the UK faced the prospect of 80 million Turks – the entire population of Turkey – coming to Britain if Turkey joined the EU.
The Independent has launched its #FinalSay campaign to demand that voters are given a voice on the final Brexit deal.