Boris Johnson Threatens Italy Over Prosecco Sales In Bizarre Brexit Row

Johnson was accused by his Italian opponent of “wishful thinking”, and the minister said it was “unacceptable” that there was still confusion over Britain’s strategy.

The fall-out marks the latest incident involving the leading voice for Brexit during talks across the continent.

Yesterday, Johnson declared that it is “bollocks” to suggest that EU citizens have an historic right to live anywhere across the European bloc, telling a Czech newspaper that the freedom to move between states was not a founding principle of the European Economic Community.

He said:

“It’s a total myth – nonsense. It is stupid to say that freedom of movement is a fundamental right.”

Meanwhile, he was accused of offering British people a vision of life outside the European Union that is “intellectually impossible” and “politically unavailable”.

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned the UK could not expect continued unfettered access to European markets after Brexit unless it accepted free movement of labour.

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