'This is a politically motivated attempt to reverse Brexit': Boris Johnson fires back at judge's 'extraordinary' decision to send him to a CRIMINAL court to face crowdfunded private prosecution over his claim Britain sends EU £350m every week
'Boris Johnson hit back today after a judge took the 'extraordinary' decision to haul him to court over a Remainer claim that he lied when he said Britain gave the EU £350million a week.
The front runner to replace Theresa May as Tory leader could become the first serving Prime Minister in the modern era to appear in the dock when he appears to answer accusations of misconduct in a public office.
A source close to Mr Johnson said the prosecution was 'nothing less than a politically motivated attempt to reverse Brexit and crush the will of the people'.
'The claimant has openly admitted that his plan is to overturn the referendum via a legal challenge and he clearly intends to try and undermine the one man who can truly deliver Brexit.
'The decision to issue a summons is extraordinary, and flies in the face of hundreds of years of British democratic tradition.'
Mr Johnson's representatives have called the case a 'stunt' brought forward for 'political purposes' while former Tory cabinet minister David Mellor called District Judge Margot Coleman's ruling 'nutty' and Jacob-Rees Mogg, who is supporting Mr Johnson's leadership campaign, added it was 'an attack on free speech'.
Mr Johnson made the comments in the run-up to the 2016 EU referendum and before the 2017 General Election, claiming the UK should give the cash to the NHS instead.
He could now face a crown court trial and if found guilty might be jailed for more than six months, with the maximum sentence life imprisonment.
It also raises the possibility he could be forced to appear in court while trying to negotiate Brexit with the EU, with a new Tory leader due to be appointed before the end of July.'
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