When Boris Johnson was Brussels Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, from 1989 to 1994, he denounced the EU in weekly instalments by highlighting what he said were its most absurd rulings.

The European Commission, he told us, had banned “bendy” bananas and demanded straight cucumbers. It had required fishermen to wear hair nets, prohibited donkeys from giving children rides on British beaches and put the kybosh on prawn cocktail-flavoured crisps.

And this was before he stood in front of the Vote Leave battle bus to proclaim that quitting the EU would release £350 million a week to spend on the NHS.