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Boris Johnson Lays Out His Post-Brexit Plan

17 September 2017, 03:46 | Winifred Adams

Boris Johnson Lays Out His Post-Brexit Plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Theresa May walk in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Ontario during a visit on Monday Sept. 18 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has repeated the controversial claim that leaving the European Union would save £350m a week, which could be spent on the NHS.

In an apparent backtrack, Mr Johnson has said he was "looking forward" to Mrs May's Florence speech and he was "behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit".

Mr Johnson's announcement came hours after 29 were injured by a Tube bomb at Parsons Green station.

"All those who write off this country, who think we don't have it in us, who think that we lack the nerve and confidence to tackle the task ahead, they have been proved wrong before, and believe me they will be proved wrong again", Mr Johnson said.

The timing has led to some speculation over whether Johnson is attempting to set himself up as a potential successor as leader of the Conservative Party.

"Theresa May must not let her insecurity in the face of Boris Johnson's latest outburst deflect from the pressing need to keep existing European Union crimefighting measures".

The blueprint differs from the one set out by other Cabinet ministers, including the chancellor, who have stressed the need to remain close to the single market and potentially pay for access.

He said Brexit would put the Britons' destiny back into their own hands, allowing them to make the United Kingdom the most "glorious" country on in the world.

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But today he said: "This country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily".

Home Secretary Amber Rudd reaffirmed her support for the Prime Minister.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, this morning she clarified: 'What I meant by that is I don't want him managing the Brexit process'.

He said the country would be "immensely healthier" with its destiny in its own hands - "And yes - once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350 million per week".

"All behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit", he wrote.

Vote Leave emblazoned the figure on its campaign bus and said the money could be used to fund extra spending on public services such as the NHS. The holder of Foreign affairs does not even mention possibility of a transitional period after Brexit, that will surely be storyline of Theresa May in a speech in Florence. Last October he declared Britain's approach to the Brexit negotiations was "having our cake and eating it".

"It would be very nice if we could get a clear message on where the British are" on their financial obligations with the EU, Danish Finance Minister Anders Samuelsen said in an interview in Copenhagen on Friday.

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