Emily Thornberry: ‘EU vote is dreadful for Islington...it won’t be people like Boris Johnson who suffer’
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Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry this morning predicted the Conservative government will move “further to the right” after the British public voted to leave the EU - and said it was not good news for Islington.
It came as Conservative MP Boris Johnson, figurehead of the Leave campaign, was abused by a crowd as he left his Islington home.
Islington overwhelmingly voted to stay in the EU, with 76,420 remain votes to 25,180 exit.
While travelling to a shadow cabinet meeting held by Islington North MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Mrs Thornberry told the Gazette: “What has happened is a Tory government enthusiastically cutting back on people’s rights, and austerity.
“The movement of the Tories towards the right will inevitably continue and that will not be good for Islington.
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“People here voted to stay in Europe because they felt it was right for the economy. It won’t be people like Boris Johnson who suffer, but those whose heads are only just above water.
“A lot of people in Islington depend on our country’s internationalism. To leave will simply be dreadful and the Islington vote recognises that.”
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Mr Johnson, a front-runner to take over as Prime Minister after David Cameron announced he would step down, faced abuse from Remain supporters as he left his central Islington house.
He emerged to angry chants of “scum, scum, scum” and his efforts to say “good morning” were drowned out by the heckles and jeers as he made his way to a waiting cab.