Video: Boris Johnson in York – Told off for ‘talking rubbish’ before taking on an egg-thrower

Boris Johnson in full flow on Parliament Street. Photographs: Richard McDougall, Jack Gevertz, and Jack Titley

Boris Johnson has brought his Brexit message to the streets of York in an impassioned speech on Parliament Street.

The former Mayor of London urged his ‘Vote Leave’ activists and members of the public to “take back control” in the forthcoming EU referendum and billed the vote as a fight against “the complacent glutinous armies of the establishment”.

Talking to the media beneath Clifford's Tower
Talking to the media beneath Clifford’s Tower

He said:

Do you think we need to be told by the EU what sort of bananas we should be selling or how much suction there should be in our vacuum cleaners?

It is out of control, and it is costing British businesses £600 million pounds a week in unnecessary costs. We can flourish outside.

Let’s take back control of this country, [and] show that we can stand on our own two feet again.

Famous face… near the Hilton Hotel
Famous face… near the Hilton Hotel
Boris in front of the bus on Tower Street
Boris in front of the bus on Tower Street

In a quick ten-minute speech on a soap box in front of his Brexit bus, he said immigration was placing “pressure on school places” and that “60 per cent of primary and secondary legislation” being enacted by Parliament was coming from the European Union.

He also faced down an alleged egg-thrower, university student Sam Grigg, telling the crowd:

There are people hungry in this country my friend, don’t waste that egg.

 

Earlier he had been taken to task by Helen Webster, who accused him of “talking tosh”.

She said: “You’re just doing a political thing to become leader of the Tory Party, and you’re a very dangerous man.”

The Brexit bus near Clifford's Tower
The Brexit bus near Clifford’s Tower
Letting the world know his views
Letting the world know his views
Making another point
Making another point
The crowd listens to the speech
The crowd listens to the speech
‘Fight against the great complacent, glutenous armies of the establishment’
‘Fight against the great complacent, glutenous’
Interviewed on camera
Interviewed on camera
A supporter talks to the campaigner
A supporter talks to the campaigner
With some new young friends
With some new young friends
Boris arrives at the bus in York
Boris arrives at the bus in York