LATEST: Boris Johnson calls for Preston to join the ‘leave’ campaign

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove sharing the platform at a Vote Leave event

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove sharing the platform at a Vote Leave event

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MP Boris Johnson called for Preston residents to vote to leave the EU in a flying visit to the city.

The former mayor of London gave his views on why he thinks Britain should leave the EU saying June 23 would be “independence day for Britain” in a speech on the Flag Market on Wednesday afternoon.

Boris Johnson arrives Preston train station, Lancs., as he prepares to campaign for the Vote Leave in Lancashire. 1 June 2016.

Boris Johnson arrives Preston train station, Lancs., as he prepares to campaign for the Vote Leave in Lancashire. 1 June 2016.

He said: “We want to take back control of our immigration. Europe doesn’t know the pressure on our health service and we want to take back control of more than £300m that we don’t have now. The people who are on the opposite side are there because they don’t believe in this country. We can prosper and flourish we if we leave the EU.”

And he may be shortly joined by former Towie star Joey Essex. Normally notorious for his fake tan and quaffed hair, Joey arrived in the city this morning armed with a busy camera crew at Preston train station just hours before the arrival of the MP.

The former I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here star has already had Brexit meetings with the former leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband and his successor Jeremy Corbyn and is believed to be making a new episode of Educating Joey, in the run up to the June poll.

He made a similar programme ahead of the 2015 General Election, when he met with Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg, whose party he thought were called the Liberal Demo-cats.

Joey Essex arrives at Preston train station with film crew ahead of the arrival of Boris Johnson and his vote leave campaign. June 1 2016

Joey Essex arrives at Preston train station with film crew ahead of the arrival of Boris Johnson and his vote leave campaign. June 1 2016