Boris Johnson Accused of Misleading Public in Kipper Speech

Boris Johnson, one of the two remaining candidates to become the leader of the Conservative Party, has been accused of misleading the public following his claim in party hustings that the European Union forced kipper suppliers in the Isle of Man to keep their dried fish cool with ice pillows.

Johnson said in his speech:

“After decades of sending kippers like this through the post he has had his costs massively increased by Brussels bureaucrats who have insisted that each kipper must be accompanied by this: a plastic ice pillow.”

Johnson’s claims were rejected by the European Union who said that the Food Standards Agency in the UK were responsible for the decision as the bloc did not have legal competence in this area. A spokesperson for the EU said:

“The case described by Mr Johnson falls outside the scope of the EU legislation and it’s purely a UK national competence, so I hope this is clear and the rules must be checked with the national authorities.”

Guy Verhofstadt, the Brexit co-ordinator for the European Parliament, said of Johnson’s speech that:

“National politicians who promote misinformation about “Brussels” for their own interests deserve to be caught out.”

Fullfact, the charity which fact-checks claims, said:

“The EU does not set any requirements on the temperature at which smoked fish must be transported. The temperature requirement is a UK regulation.”