Johnson worked for many years as a journalist in Britain. He was fired by the London Times for inventing a quote about King Edward II and the monarch's gay lover, when he was a junior reporter at the Times in the late 1980s. It was in Brussels where Johnson made a name for himself writing for The Daily Telegraph.
He wrote a string of articles ridiculing European Union bureaucracy that were often exaggerated or wrong. In 2008, he was elected mayor of London. "I declare Boris Johnson the next mayor of London." He was re-elected 4 years later. It was London's 2012 Summer Olympics that put him on the radar for many people in the rest of the world. But in Britain, he's been associated with one thing in recent years: Brexit. "Now this is a once in a lifetime chance for us to take back control of this country."
When he was mayor of London, Johnson sometimes spoke favorably about the common market with the European Union. But perhaps recognizing a political opportunity, Johnson became one of Brexit's most vocal supporters.
" when you look at the E.U. now, it makes me think of some badly designed undergarment that has now become too tight in some places and dangerously loose in other places."