Boris Johnson: Brexit does not mean leaving Europe

09:00, 15 July 2016
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Boris Johnson has set out his vision for Britain to be a more “global player” on his first day as Foreign Secretary, according to BT.


“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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