Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson brandished a smoked kipper as he rallied against EU red tape. The herring illustrates good reason why Britain must leave the European Union once and for all, he said.

British tabloid the Daily Express gave a vacuum-packed smoked herring to Johnson as he was about to address the crowd of Tories in London on Wednesday. The paper said the fish was mailed to them by a kipper-smoker from the Isle of Man, a Crown dependency, who claimed that the EU adds sizable costs to his business by demanding that fish is sold in a cooling package.

An ardent Brexiteer, Johnson used the herring to denounce Brussels’ regulatory policy and illustrate why Britain must stay committed to leaving the European Union. He retold the story of a “furious” smoker, while blasting the EU for “damaging regulatory overkill.”

Why does a kipper from the Isle of Man need to be told by the EU that he has to provide a pillow of ice with every kipper?

“It’s an unnecessary cost. And what are you supposed to do with the pillow of ice? How do you dispose of it?” Johnson told the audience as he was brandishing the fish. (RT)