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Boris Johnson says Britain not abandoning 'leading role' in Europe

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks to journalists outside his home in London, on July 15, 2016New British foreign minister and top Brexit backer Boris Johnson pledged Monday Britain would continue to play a leading role in Europe as he met his European Union peers in Brussels for the first time. The normally ebullient Johnson was on his best behaviour after infuriating his partners in the run-up to the referendum by comparing the EU’s ambitions for closer European integration to Adolf Hitler’s. “We have to give effect to the will of the people and leave the European Union but… we are not going in any way to abandon our leading role in European participation,” Johnson told reporters.

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