BORIS Johnson today vowed to play hardball over Brexit – saying he’s “depressed” to see Theresa May roll over to Europe’s demands.
The would-be next PM accused Mrs May of “going out and asking Brussels for this and that” and waiting to be knocked back.
He pledged to take a radical new approach – confronting EU bosses with a concrete Brexit offer and walking away if they refuse it.
Speaking at a hustings event with activists in Bournemouth, Mr Johnson blasted: “For the last three years I’ve been frankly very frustrated.
“I’ve been depressed in a way to see the way we’ve tended to run this country down and not believed in ourselves.”
He added: “We’ve gone a long way now going out and asking Brussels for this and that.
“I think it’s time now for a slight difference of approach. I’m very much in favour of dialogue and constant conversation but we’ve made an extremely generous offer of our £39billion and the treatment of EU citizens.
“There’s a very good deal on the table waiting to be done by our European partners.
“When they have a clear answer about what we really want, I think the mood will lighten.”
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Mr Johnson insisted he had the experience to deal with the EU, saying: “I spent many happy years in Brussels, I know the system very well. I know [Irish deputy PM] Simon Coveney. I know most of the key players, I’ve met them and talked to them.”
But he said he wasn’t in contact with any top EU figures at the moment – insisting he didn’t want to take anything for granted.
He said: “I have not begun talking to Mr Barnier, who I know, or Sabine Weyand because I think most people in this audience would think that is pretty presumptious. I’m going to bide my time.”
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