Boris Johnson ‘Wanted To Lose Brexit Vote To Become Prime Minister’, Sir Alan Duncan Claims

A senior Tory minister has claimed Boris Johnson wanted the Brexit campaign to lose by a small margin so he could take over from David Cameron as prime minister. 

Sir Alan Duncan, formerly a backbench MP but now serving under Johnson in the Foreign Office, said he thought one of the most prominent Leave campaigners wanted to lose for fear of “total chaos”. 

There was much speculation in the run up to Johnson declaring which side he would fight for in the referendum campaign, having penned a mixed series of pro- and anti-EU articles.

But despite backing Vote Leave, Johnson “wished” the group to lose so he could become the next prime minister, Sir Alan revealed in a BBC documentary due to be aired later today. The comments were made on June 22, one day before the vote.

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