Boris Johnson believes Jeremy Corbyn could ruin Brexit negotiations if he wins the election
Only the Conservatives would uphold the referendum vote and secure the best possible deal for Britain, he insisted.
The decision to have Mr Johnson unleash his hard-hitting attack in a speech in Country Durham underlined the Tories’ hopes of snatching seats in traditional Labour northern heartlands – even as polls suggest Mr Corbyn’s party has made remarkable gains.
The leading Leave campaigner said Brexit talks with the EU would “founder” if left to a minority Labour government propped up by the Europhile Scottish National Party and Lib Dems.
Citing some of Labour’s fiscal plans, the Foreign Secretary said: “It makes me shudder to think that we could seriously be about to elect a Corbyn-led administration that would impose destructive new taxes on businesses, on homes, on gardens – at the very moment when we should be about to go forward with a great Global Britain.
A Labour negotiating team would arrive in Brussels like a family of herbivores at a watering hole of lions. They would be eaten for breakfast.
“This is the moment to believe in the huge potential of Brexit Britain.
“It is absolutely vital on Thursday that we elect a government that will negotiate with courage, determination, optimism and belief in the outcome.
“Let’s get Brexit done. Let’s get Brexit right. Let’s believe in Britain.
“And let’s work for the next 48 hours to make sure our negotiations are led by Theresa May and the Conservatives.”
Only his party were “willing to stick up for the democratic will of the British people” and take advantage of the “moment of hope and opportunity” which Brexit represents.
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“For 30 years, Jeremy Corbyn has been soft and muddle-headed on terror.
Boris said the Conservatives would uphold the referendum vote and secure the best deal for Britain
“He has been soft and muddle-headed on defence.
“He has taken the side of just about every adversary this country has had in my lifetime, from the IRA to Hamas, from Soviet communism to General Galtieri.
“I don’t mean to compare our European friends to any of these people, but it is psychologically impossible to imagine him having the grip or the firmness to get the right Brexit deal for this country.
“A Labour negotiating team would arrive in Brussels like a family of herbivores at a watering hole of lions. They would be eaten for breakfast.”
Mr Johnson said many in Brussels, and some in the UK, had “spent night and day since June 23 dreaming, hoping, scheming and plotting that they will be able to reverse that decision.
“Do we want them to frustrate the will of the people? Do we want them to overturn our democratic decision of last year?
Boris accused Jeremy Corbyn of being too soft and muddle-headed about terror
“Do we want them to frustrate Brexit? I don’t think we do.”
Mr Corbyn could not face down the EU’s “glutinous conglomerate of privileged interests.
“Just imagine the scene in Brussels if Jeremy Corbyn were to mosey in to take his seat opposite Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Michel Barnier and all the rest of them.
“I think they would look at him with what is called ‘a wild surmise’. Not just because they don’t know what his position is, but because he doesn’t know what he really wants.”
Boris urged voters to make sure Brexit negotiations were led by Theresa May
And Mr Corbyn would have “Nicola Sturgeon jabbering in one ear and Tim Farron in the other, both of them telling him to do exactly what Brussels wants, because both of them are 100 per cent committed to reversing that decision of June 23.
“How on earth would Corbyn be able to construct a logical negotiating position with that pair?
“How could he get it done? The answer is that he wouldn’t, and he couldn’t. His position would dissolve into a puddle of incoherence and Brexit would founder.”
Younger voters had no memory of nationalisation, Soviet communism and socialism and their effects, Mr Johnson added.
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“I do. We don’t want it back in this country. It would be an absolute disaster.
“I’ve never seen such a left-wing leader with such a left-wing approach to politics.
“It would seriously undermine the credibility of this country in international negotiations, and it would be a disaster for the delivery of our Brexit talks.
“In my view, it would lead to the frustration of the democratically expressed will of the British people last year.”