Considered by many to be the prime candidate to become Prime Minister, Boris Johnson outlined his post-Brexit plans and leadership credentials in a column in the Telegraph today.
He called the EU referendum “the most extraordinary political event of our lifetime.”
He also quashed rumours that the UK is about to become less united with potential Scottish and Irish referendums being mooted.
“We had one Scotland referendum in 2014, and I do not detect any real appetite to have another one soon; and it goes without saying that we are much better together in forging a new and better relationship with the EU – based on free trade and partnership, rather than a federal system,” he wrote.
He called the current climate of apprehension “understandable” and added: “At home and abroad, the negative consequences are being wildly overdone, and the upside is being ignored. The stock market is way above its level of last autumn; the pound remains higher than it was in 2013 and 2014.
“The economy is in good hands. Most sensible people can see that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has done a superb job – and now that the referendum is over, he will be able to continue his work without being in the political firing-line. Thanks in large part to the reforms put in place by David Cameron and George Osborne, the fundamentals of the UK economy are outstandingly strong – a dynamic and outward-looking economy with an ever-improving skills base, and with a big lead in some of the key growth sectors of the 21st century.”
He went on to stress that the only great change would be “the UK will extricate itself from the EU’s extraordinary and opaque system of legislation: the vast and growing corpus of law enacted by a European Court of Justice from which there can be no appeal. This will bring not threats, but golden opportunities for this country – to pass laws and set taxes according to the needs of the UK.”
He concluded by saying: “We heard the voices of millions of the forgotten people, who have seen no real increase in their incomes, while FTSE 100 Chiefs now earn 150 times the average pay of their employees.
“But they were also speaking up for democracy, and the verdict of history will be that the British people got it right.”