‘GLO­RI­OUS’ RE­SULT: MP Boris hails de­ci­sion to leave EU

MP pays trib­ute to Cameron as ‘ex­tra­or­di­nary’ and ‘brave’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Ballinger

BORIS John­son has paid trib­ute to the Prime Min­is­ter af­ter he an­nounced he would be re­sign­ing as a re­sult of the Brexit vote on Thurs­day.

John­son had spear­headed the leave cam­paign and spoke from Leave HQ just af­ter 11am to share his de­light at the ref­er­en­dum re­sult, call­ing it a ‘glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity’.

The dra­matic re­sult of the fi­nal EU ref­er­en­dum was an­nounced in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing and re­vealed Bri­tain had voted to leave the 28-state union by a mar­gin of over one mil­lion votes.

Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP John­son said: “I want to be­gin by pay­ing trib­ute to David Cameron.

“He is one of the most ex­tra­or­di­nary politi­cians of our age, a brave and prin­ci­pled man.”

He added that while he was ‘sad’ the Prime Min­is­ter would be step­ping down he ‘re­spected his de­ci­sion’.

Speak­ing along­side fel­low leave cam­paign­ers Michael Gove and Labour MP Gisela Stu­art, John­son then turned his at­ten­tion to the re­sult itself, say­ing the out­come ‘does not mean the United King­dom will be any less united’.

The com­ments came just min­utes be­fore Scot­tish First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon said a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence would be ‘highly likely’ in light of Brexit.

John­son said: “This year we gave [the pub­lic] one of the big­gest and tough­est ques­tions of all.

“There is no way to have dealt with a de­ci­sion of this scale ex­cept by put­ting it to the people.

“I think the elec­torate have searched in their hearts and an­swered as hon­estly as they can.”

The for­mer Mayor of Lon­don is the book­ies favourite to be the next Prime Min­is­ter af­ter Cameron steps down later to this year, with odds of 8/11.

He is fol­lowed by Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May with 9/4 and Michael Gove at 5/1.

Cameron ad­dressed the coun­try’s press out­side Down­ing Street just af­ter 8am on Fri­day morn­ing to an­nounce he would not be lead­ing Bri­tain through Brexit, and said he ex­pected a new leader to be cho­sen by Oc­to­ber.

John­son added: “I want to re­as­sure ev­ery­body that in my view, as a re­sult of this Bri­tain will con­tinue to be a great Euro­pean power.

“But there is sim­ply no need in the 21 cen­tury to be part of a fed­eral sys­tem of gov­ern­ment.

“We can pass our laws and set our tax.

“We can con­trol our bor­ders. We can be very proud.”

Dur­ing the speech at Leave HQ in cen­tral Lon­don, John­son made no ref­er­ence to his lead­er­ship am­bi­tions.

But he did at­tempt to re­as­sure young people that Bri­tain could ‘look for­ward’ to the coun­try’s fu­ture out­side of the union.

He said: “It is the essence of our case that young people in this coun­try can look for­ward to a more se­cure and more pros­per­ous fu­ture if we take back the demo­cratic con­trol that is the foun­da­tion of our eco­nomic pros­per­ity.

“I think we can be very proud of the re­sult.”

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