Boris Johnson has said that LGBT people should vote to leave the UK, as it will ensure their rights are protected.

The Mayor of London recorded a video message for the Out and Proud launch event in London last night, where he said the UK has “most progressive attitudes to LGBT issues anywhere in the world”.

You can watch Boris’ speech below.

Also at the event on Wednesday was  defence minister, Penny Mordaunt, who said LGBT rights were better protected out of the EU.

In response to the comments, Labour MEP Seb Dance said: “While the European Union was legislating to end discrimination in the workplace, Boris Johnson wrote that same-sex marriage could mean a union between ‘three men and a dog’.

“While the European Union was working to extend LGBTI around the world, Boris Johnson talked up the merits of Clause 28 and its ability to stop ‘leftwing local authorities to waste taxpayers’ money on idiotic and homosexual instruction’.

“This transparent stunt should be treated with contempt. The EU is a driving force for LGBTI rights at home and abroad. Leaving would put UK rights at risk and diminish our ability to fight discrimination around the world.”