Boris Johnson vows to challenge EU over Brexit saying he’s ‘depressed’ to see Theresa May roll over to Brussels


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.

Boris Johnson speaking in Bournemouth at Tory party hustings

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.”

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.”

Mr Johnson on stage at the south coast hustings


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