BORIS Johnson last night demanded Jeremy Corbyn scrap his underhand plan to allow two million EU migrants vote in a second Brexit referendum as the pair prepare for their final TV clash.
New analysis by the Tories shows Labour’s plan to extend the franchise to “all UK residents” would mean allowing two million EU nationals to vote in a second referendum and General Elections for the first time.
Currently they are only allowed to vote in local government and regional assemblies.
In a letter to Mr Corbyn last night the PM urged him to reconsider the plan – claiming it would be “profoundly undemocratic” and would “rig” the result of a second referendum in favour of Remain.
Yesterday Mr Johnson gave his strongest pledge yet to get Britain’s new post-Brexit trade deal with the EU done and dusted within 12 months.
Asked if he could give a “cast iron guarantee” that a new EU trade deal will be struck by the time the Brexit transition period ends in December 2020, the PM said: “If you say ‘can I absolutely guarantee that we’ll get a deal’, I think I can and I’ll tell you why – look at what we achieved – in three months with the new deal that I did.”
Academics have found nine in ten of these new voters would be very likely to back Remain.
They say the Leave campaign would need to win nearly half a million more votes than they did in 2016 to have a chance of winning again.
Ahead of tonight’s crucial final TV head-to-head on BBC One, Mr Johnson accused Labour of trying to “fiddle” the result of any second Brexit vote by flooding the electorate with pro-Remain votes.
Mr Johnson warned that it would “create incredible bitterness” among Brexit voters, adding: “Imagine how people will feel if the biggest democratic exercise in our history is overturned because you gave two million EU citizens the power to reverse Brexit.”
It would alienate millions who already feel disenfranchised and ignored by our political system.
In his letter to the Labour leader last night, Mr Johnson wrote: “You want to give two million EU nationals the vote in your referendum. This is a sly attempt to undermine the result of the 2016 referendum, and is profoundly undemocratic.”
“No true democrat, even the most ardent supporter of Remain, could support your attempt to undermine the result of a democratically expressed vote.”
A separate survey by Statista yesterday found Labour is the most popular party among EU citizens living here because of their second referendum policy.
The poll found that if Brexit isn’t reversed EU citizens overwhelmingly back a Labour Brexit deal over the Tories because it would keep free movement rules.
Meanwhile Mr Johnson was forced to defend his party’s manifesto plans to raise more revenue from taxation, which is mainly coming from his move to cancel previous plans to lower corporation tax from 19 to 17 per cent.
The PM insisted his plans would see the tax burden on personal taxation fall through his pledge to raise the threshold at which workers start paying National Insurance contributions (NICs).
He said: “We’re cutting taxes on business rates, we’re cutting national insurance contributions for everybody in the country, everybody paying NICs.”
Asked about Labour’s plan to give the vote to EU citizens during a campaign visit to the John Smedley factory in Derbyshire, Mr Johnson said: “I think people will be outraged by the whole thing.”
“To think that it is going to be rigged in some way by getting in millions more voters who’d be very likely to vote one way rather than another, I think that would cause a great deal of public disquiet and I don’t think it’s the right way forward.”
Asked by The Sun how he intends to spend his own £85 tax cut from his pledge to raise the NICs threshold to £9,500, Mr Johnson said “I have absolutely no idea.”
Instead he warned voters that they had just seven days to save Brexit.
Speaking to workers at the John Smedley factory in Derbyshire, the PM said: “We have seven days to get Brexit done, seven days to end the deadlock, to get out this three and a half year pitstop that we’ve been in and to get this country motoring again and seven days to make sure that we can invest in our NHS, schools and police.”
“Seven days to unleash this country’s potential and to get it surging again.”