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London mayor Johnson backs Brexit in blow for Cameron

London Mayor Boris Johnson delivers a statement to the media regarding his position on the forthcoming EU referendum outside his home in London on February 21, 2016London’s mayor Boris Johnson has thrown his weight behind the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, in a blow for his old friend and rival Prime Minister David Cameron who had appealed for his backing. “After a great deal of heartache… I will be advocating vote ‘Leave’,” Johnson said, making his long-awaited announcement to a large crowd gathered outside his home in north London. Johnson, a popular politician from Cameron’s Conservative Party who is seen as a potential successor to the British premier, said he wanted ties with Europe based on “trade and cooperation” and not “a political project”.

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