Johnson Describes BCC Suspension as ‘Scandalous,’ Telegraph Says

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is supporting the campaign for the U.K. to leave the European Union, has described the decision by the British Chambers of Commerce to suspend its director-general as “scandalous,” the Sunday Telegraph reports.

While the BCC has said it is remaining neutral in the campaign, its chief John Longworth said a speech last week the U.K. could have a brighter future outside the EU.

Johnson said Longworth had been “crushed” by the “agents” of the campaign being led by Prime Minister David Cameron to keep the U.K. in the EU., the newspaper reported.

“It is absolutely scandalous that John Longworth has been forced to step aside,” Johnson said. “This is a man who reached the conclusion -- after long reflection and a lifetime’s experience of business -- that it would be better to vote Leave.”

Johnson said Longworth “speaks for the many small and medium sized businesses -- the lifeblood of the economy -- who cannot understand why they should comply with more and more regulation, over which this country has no democratic control.”

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