What are some of the dark secrets of Brexit

Johnson's strange retreat | Does Brexit Boris have dark secrets?

Boris Johnson (52) wanted his country to leave the EU. Now he's out himself! The reasons raise questions

London's ex-mayor, the driving force behind the Brexit campaign, does NOT want to become British Prime Minister and successor to David Cameron. He is not the one who should lead the country now after the EU referendum: "I have come to the conclusion that I cannot be that person," he said.

Frontal attack by the competition

Interior Minister Theresa May and Justice Minister Michael Gove have also registered their candidacy, both of which are considered promising.

Gove, who had campaigned side by side with Johnson for Britain's exit from the EU, was considered a loyal supporter. But now both are in the crossfire of criticism since the Brexit vote - in the words of "New Labor" strategist Alastair Campbell - "destroyed more money than we paid for the EU in the last 15 years".

Gove attacked Johnson head-on. He does not believe that he can "take the lead and build the team for the tasks ahead".

►Was after all the hostility of the last few days - Johnson was under police protection, could hardly leave his house without being verbally abused by disappointed Europe supporters - was that the famous drop that broke the barrel?

Has Brexit Boris just lost the courage, the nerve or both at once? NO, say three UK experts to BILD.

He knew he couldn't win ...

Johnson was considered popular among the population. But there were strong reservations among MPs. Gove and May, on the other hand, can hope for support there.

► Quentin Peel, (67), a leading expert at the Chatham House think tank, the Royal Institute for International Politics, told BILD: "Johnson knew he couldn't win."

During the Brexit campaign, Johnson regularly managed to get on page one of the British newspapers. However: “At the expense of the truth,” says Peel. “Johnson was telling too many half-truths to attract attention. As a result, more and more people among the conservatives said: This is no longer possible. "

With the decision, Johnson even more shows his inability to take responsibility for political action: "He set the house on fire, now he's running away."

"A storyteller"

Denis MacShane (68, Labor), ex-UK minister for Europe, is in the same direction. He told BILD: “As a journalist in Brussels, Boris always had the hottest stories. Unfortunately, most of it wasn't true. Boris is a fantastic storyteller. "

He, too, is harsh in his judgment of Johnson: “A populist and above all an opportunist.” Johnson, he told confidants, had long troubled whether he was committed to the Brexit camp or the EU fans. He has prepared two declarations - one for and one against Brexit.

In the end, according to MacShane, Johnson decided purely on which side gave him the best power option ...

Too colorful past life?

The sentence "I can't be" leaves room for speculation about Johnson's dazzling past life.

The British media have repeatedly reported long-term affairs, infidelities and allegations by a former lover that Johnson had a "Lovechild," an illegitimate child. He has four children with his wife Marina Wheeler (52), whom he married in 1993.

► Are there any more missteps slumbering in his past? Brexit expert and political economist Professor Iain Begg (64) from the London School of Economics told BILD:"It could be that his opponents threatened him with the publication of dark secrets if he competed."

The requirements for a future head of government are different than for a mayor of London - in terms of the dimension of responsibility. Begg: "It's like the US President's old question: Would you trust this man if he had his fingers on the buttons of a nuclear weapon?"

Cameron should do the dirty work for him

There are voices who believe that Johnson personally did not expect Brexit before the vote and did not believe that the referendum would end with a victory for the EU opponents. In the end it was 51.9 percent.

The German Press Agency reports speculation that “Mr. Brexit “bet on a completely different scenario: The EU supporters win narrowly to reconcile the party, Cameron reshapes his cabinet - and Johnson gets a high post. Incidentally, he would have become a promising candidate for the next elections.

Remarkable: On election night, Johnson and around 80 Tory MPs called on Cameron in a letter to remain in office even if there was a Brexit victory. More than that, Johnson suggested that Cameron should conduct the unpleasant exit negotiations with Brussels - as if Johnson didn't want to get his hands dirty with such a dirty job.

First conspiracy theories

In conservative circles, the first conspiracy theories made the rounds after Johnson's withdrawal.

Johnson feared defeat after a number of MPs renounced his campaign that night, said a parliamentarian whom the Reuters news agency quotes anonymously: "Whoever lives by the sword will perish by the sword."

Motto of his opponents: "Anyone but Boris"

The "ABB" campaign instigated by his rivals ("Anyone but Boris") should have finally made it clear to Boris Johnson that he does not find the necessary support in his party. Now that Gove is another prominent Brexit proponent, he could possibly act from the background.

Johnson - the puller in the background; Gove - his new puppet? Their alleged rift would therefore only be a tactical election maneuver, staged for the public ...

"Everything is possible in these memorable days," said Professor Begg to BILD. “To put it with a quote from Lenin: There are decades in which nothing happens. And weeks in which decades happen. "