Boris Johnson: 'Project Fear' Has Warped Reality Of Brexit Positives

Boris Johnson
Former London Mayor and Conservative MP Boris Johnson at the St Ermin's Hotel in London on June 30. Dan Kitwood/Getty

Boris Johnson has accused the British government of failing to explain how the vote to leave the EU can be made to work in the U.K.'s interests.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said this could not wait until there was a new prime minister in September. He also said the Leave vote, which he led the campaign for, had resulted in "a kind of hysteria, a contagious mourning" among part of the population.

Meanwhile, senior Leave campaigners are calling for the U.K. to exit the EU by Christmas through an act of Parliament. Writing in City AM , former Chancellor Nigel Lawson and ex-Labour foreign secretary David Owen press for the next prime minister to leave the bloc without waiting to trigger Article 50, which is used to formally pave the way for a two-year withdrawal process.

In his weekly Daily Telegraph column, Johnson said the fears of people protesting against Brexit were "wildly overdone."

"The reality is that the stock market has not plunged, as some said it would—far from it," he wrote. "The FTSE is higher than when the vote took place. There has been no emergency budget, and nor will there be.

"But the crowds of young people are experiencing the last psychological tremors of Project Fear—perhaps the most thoroughgoing government attempt to manipulate public opinion since the run-up to the Iraq War."

Johnson called on the government to come up with a "clear statement" of "basic truths" about leaving the EU.

Among a list of five points of his own, Johnson said it was "overwhelmingly in the economic interests of the other EU countries to do a free-trade deal, with zero tariffs and quotas, while we extricate ourselves from the EU law-making system."