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Boris Johnson stresses Britain will 'always be' a part of Europe

Boris Johnson said Britain will maintain Credit: Reuters

Boris Johnson has set out his vision for the country if he wins the leadership bid to succeed David Cameron as prime minister.

Mr Johnson has said in an article in The Telegraph that Britain will be able to introduce a points-based immigration system and maintain "access" to the single market.

He looked to reassure Remain voters, and told Leave supporters that the vote to leave was "not entirely overwhelming" and that people must "reach out" and "build bridges".

He also dismissed Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's calls for a second independence referendum, saying he did not "detect any real appetite" for one and saying a united Britain can have a "new and better" relationship with the EU.

He outlined his vision of a post-Brexit Britain, stressing that the UK is still a part of Europe, with the only change being that it will "extricate itself from the EU's extraordinary and opaque system of legislation".

There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment.

EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU.

British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down.

As the German equivalent of the CBI - the BDI - has very sensibly reminded us, there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market.

– Boris Johnson