Former prime minister John Major on Sunday accused the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union of fatuous and squalid claims on immigration and the cost of membership to dupe the public into voting out at this month’s referendum.
Exposing the deep rifts caused by the vote, Major urged Britons to question the facts coming from the “court jester” Boris Johnson, a champion of the Out campaign and himself a possible future leader of Major’s Conservative party.
“What they have done … is feed out to the British people a whole galaxy of inaccurate and frankly untrue information,” he told the BBC, less than three weeks before the vote on June 23. “I think their campaign is verging on the squalid.”
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