In a shocking U-turn, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced today that he wants to cancel Brexit and rejoin the European Union, saying that Brexit was a big mistake by his predecessor Boris Johnson and that he regrets supporting it.
Sunak, who was one of Johnson’s closest allies and supporters in the 2016 referendum and the 2019 election, said that he has changed his mind about Brexit after seeing the disastrous effects it has had on the UK economy, society, and security. He said that he has realized that leaving the EU was a “stupid and reckless” decision that has cost the UK billions of pounds, thousands of jobs, and its global influence and reputation.
“I have to admit that I was wrong about Brexit,” he said. “I was misled by the lies and propaganda of Boris Johnson, who promised us a bright and prosperous future outside the EU. But instead, we have got a dark and dismal reality of isolation, chaos, and decline. Brexit has been a catastrophe for our country, and I can no longer stand by it.”
Sunak said that he has decided to take action to reverse Brexit and restore the UK’s membership in the EU, before it is too late. He said that he has already contacted the EU leaders and asked them to accept the UK back into the bloc, on the same terms and conditions as before. He also said that he has drafted a new legislation that would revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit, without the need for a second referendum or parliamentary approval.
“I have taken this bold and decisive step to save our country from further damage and humiliation,” he said. “I believe that this is what the majority of the British people want and deserve. They have been lied to and betrayed by Boris Johnson, who has failed to deliver on his promises and has plunged us into a nightmare. It is time to end this madness and return to sanity. It is time to cancel Brexit and rejoin the EU.”
Sunak’s announcement has sparked mixed reactions among the public and politicians. Some have praised him for his courage and honesty, and welcomed his initiative to undo Brexit and reunite with Europe. Others have criticized him for his inconsistency and betrayal, and accused him of undermining democracy and sovereignty.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was Sunak’s mentor and friend in the Vote Leave campaign, said that he was “shocked and appalled” by Sunak’s announcement, and that he would not allow him to cancel Brexit or rejoin the EU. He said that he still believes that Brexit is the best thing for the UK, and that he would fight to defend it at all costs.
“Rishi Sunak has gone rogue,” he said. “He has betrayed me, his party, and his country. He has sold out to Brussels and betrayed the will of the people. He has no authority or mandate to cancel Brexit or rejoin the EU. He is acting against the law and the constitution. I will not let him get away with this treachery. I will stop him by any means necessary.”
Johnson said that he has already sacked Sunak from his cabinet, and that he would call for a vote of no confidence in him in Parliament. He also said that he would launch a legal challenge against Sunak’s legislation.
“I will not let Rishi Sunak destroy our great nation,” he said. “I will not let him undo our glorious Brexit. I will not let him take us back into the EU. I will not let him betray our destiny.”