Boris Johnson fails to kiss British fish on visit to London market

Former London Mayor makes whistlestop tour of England to push for Leave vote

Adam Withnall
Wednesday 22 June 2016 11:34
Boris Johnson fails to kiss a fish during last day of campaigning

Boris Johnson has been accused of shirking his fish-kissing responsibilities as he began a tour of England to urge people to vote Leave in the EU referendum.

The former London Mayor visited Billingsgate Fish Market in London, where he was introduced to some British fish by Joey Essex's uncle.

During his tour of the market, Mr Johnson spoke out against the EU's Common Fisheries Policy and said it was time to "believe in our country".

While posing with a salmon alongside Greg Essex, the two were urged to kiss their respective fish for the waiting cameras.

But while Mr Essex duly obliged, the Tory MP appeared to go in for the kiss before wincing and pulling away.

It was a shaky start to a day's activities that have seen Mr Johnson appear on BBC Breakfast and ITV's Good Morning Britain in a last-ditch attempt to grab votes.

His next stop was a tour of the town of Maldon, in Essex, where he joined the Brexit-backing Cabinet minister John Whittingdale.

Boris Johnson meets supporters in Maldon
Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up to supporters in Maldon, on the final day of campaigning before the EU Referendum

The rally was interrupted by former Tory supporter Nigel Brunt, who said: "Democracy will win tomorrow and it will be Remain."

And after jumping in a light aircraft, Mr Johnson was met by a group of supporters on the tarmac at East Midlands Airport.

Boris Johnson takes a plane from Southend to East Midlands for a final day of campaigning around the country on behalf of Vote Leave before the EU Referendum
Boris Johnson arrives at East Midlands Airport

He told them he expected a victory for the Leave camp in tomorrow's vote, adding: "I think it's going to be a big surprise."

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