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“On Europe clearly we have to give effect to the will of people in the referendum, but that does not mean in any sense, leaving Europe," the newly-appointed Foreign Secretary said, speaking outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in central London, BT reported.

"There is a massive difference between leaving the EU and our relations with Europe, which if anything I think are going to be intensified and built up at an intergovernmental level,” said the former London mayor.

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Johnson added he was "very pleased" to receive a phone call from U.S. State Secretary John "who totally agreed with that analysis and his view was that post-Brexit and after the negotiations, what he really wants to see, and I think this is the right thing for the UK, is more Britain abroad, a greater global profile and I think we now have the opportunity to achieve that."

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