Then when he went to meet and greet members of the public in the nearby town of Morley, he got short shrift from some.

A man approached the prime minister, smiled and greeted him with a handshake, before politely saying: “Please leave my town.”

“I will, very soon,” replied Johnson, as the man clapped him on his back and walked away. Footage of the curt exchange via #PleaseLeaveMyTown was retweeted 26,000 times and garnered more than 3 million views.

Another member of the public, approached him and said: “You should be in Brussels, negotiating.” Johnson replied that the government has “been negotiating” but the man, undeterred, shot back: “You are not. You are in Morley, in Leeds,” according to The Guardian.