May 24, 2019 / 1:31 PM / 5 months ago

Brexit is not a threat to British prosperity: Johnson

FILE PHOTO: Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives a speech at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, Britain, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Yates/File Photo

INTERLAKEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Britain can forge a “fantastic free trade relationship” with Europe after it quits the European Union, but can also be a champion for global free trade, lawmaker and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said on Friday.

The country has the world’s most diverse capital, along with a world class technology sector and universities, he told an event in Switzerland. But Britain should also focus on leaving the EU, with MPs agreeing not to revoke Article 50, which began the exit process.

“The job of our next leader has to be getting the UK properly out of the EU, putting Brexit to bed,” said Johnson, who wants to replace Theresa May as the next British prime minister.

Reporting by John Revill; Editing by Michael Shields

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