Tempers frayed and fists flew yesterday when Boris Johnson attempted to address a 200 strong crowd from the steps Winchester’s buttercross.
A ‘remain’ campaigner dressed in a gorilla suit alleged he was punched in the face and a local councillor was shoved off the buttercross as jostling Brexiters and Remainers attempted to drown each other out with shouts, jeers and heckles.
Bojo struggled to make himself heard above the shouting at one point had to snatch away a ‘Stronger in Europe’ placard which had been shoved in front of his face.
The atmosphere was more like a football match than a political meeting and It was impossible for journalists to hear what was being said however earlier in the day the former Mayor of London reacted to the latest ONS figures on migration showing a 333,000 net rise telling the Daily Telegraph.
“We are adding a population the size of Oxford to the UK every year just from EU migration”.
“Prime Minister after Prime Minister make promises on immigration that cannot be met because of the EU and this has deeply damaged faith in our democratic system”.
Shorty before before being pushed off the buttercross, Otterbourne Parish Councillor John Romero – a Stronger In campaigner – told Eastleigh News that issues people had with the EU were just:
“Problems that need to be solved. This is unlike this country, something happens and we want to get out. We don’t do that. Second World war we were in there”
Vote leave campaigner John Kearney said:
“Will we continue to trade with Europe or will we not continue trading with Europe? All the rest of the things which have been raised, all the questions raised are irrelevant, if we just continue as we are.”
Yesterday’s chaotic and disorganised event was in sharp contrast to the slick PR exercise in Chandler’s Ford last week when the Prime Minister and Chancellor took part in a question and answer session at the B&Q Head Offices on Chestnut Avenue.