The European Commission has insisted that no EU rules exist that require kippers to be posted with plastic ice pillows.

This followed Boris Johnson waving a kipper on stage at the Conservative Party hustings yesterday, asking “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?"

An EU spokesperson flatly contradicted the claims made by Mr Johnson stating the issue between the Isle of the Man and the mainland was "entirely a UK matter".

Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies is chair of the European Parliament’s fisheries committee.  Following the exchange, he said:

"Boris Johnson made his career as a journalist by writing stories about the EU that bore no relation to the truth.

"His latest fishy tale may have gone down well with Tory party members, but it sends the strongest possible message to Britain’s European partners.

"With just days to go before he becomes prime minister the whole of Europe has been reminded that this is a man whose words cannot be trusted and that he should be nowhere near Number Ten."

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