Boris Johnson's now-Liberal Democrat sister Rachel said he sold 'faulty goods' over broken Brexit promises

Sean Morrison
Rachel Johnson said her brother Boris was selling 'faulty goods' over Brexit promises

Boris Johnson’s sister has accused his brother and fellow Brexiteers of selling “faulty goods” over promises on Europe.

Rachel Johnson, who has joined the Liberal Democrats, said she believed leaving the EU is a “suicide mission” that will take Britain “over a cliff."

The columnist said she defected because the Lib Dems are the only party that have a “sensible plan in place” ahead of the snap general election.

Both Ms Johnson and her younger brother Jo Johnson supported the Remain campaign in the July referendum on Europe.

Her eldest sibling “made it quite clear he thought I’d lost my last remaining marble” when confessing she joined the opposition, Ms Johnson wrote in the Mail on Sunday.

Rachel Johnson has joined the Liberal Democrats (Getty Images)

Explaining her decision, she wrote: "As I say to my brother every time I see him - and he would, I hope, admit I've been consistent if not loyal on this - the reason I've gone as far as to join an opposition party is because the goods the Brexiteers showed us in the referendum bill of sale have so far turned out to be faulty."

Ms Johnson highlighted how, after assurances by US officials that Britain would be "front of the queue" for a trade deal, Britain is now "behind the EU".

She said the promise of £350 million in funding for the NHS, which emblazoned her brother's Brexit bus, is no more, migration will have to remain at current levels in order for the country to thrive, and growth is slowing.

Rachel, left, and her younger brother Jo Johnson, right, both supported Remain in the referendum (David Bennett/Getty Images)

"And on it goes - and Brexit hasn't even happened yet. And therefore for me, this time round, the only way is the Lib Dems," Ms Johnson added.

There was speculation that Ms Johnson was poised to stand as a Lib Dem candidate in the June 8 General Election, however she said it "can't and won't happen" due to "rules and procedures".

Boris Johnson's sister accused him of selling 'faulty goods' over Brexit promises (PA)

Accepting responsibility for any fallout over her "defection from the political family fold", she wrote: "I could have told nobody I'd joined the Lib Dems.

"I could have merely shown my allegiance in the privacy of the voting booth, but I didn't.

"I wanted to stand up and be counted in my continuing opposition to what I've always thought is a suicide mission to take us out of Europe and over a cliff."