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Boris Johnson heading for a clash with business leaders

Boris Johnson is heading for a clash with business leaders after declaring London has "nothing to fear" from leaving Europe.

The mayor will launch a report on Britain's future relationship with the EU in a major speech tomorrow.

The mayor will launch a report on Britain's future relationship with the EU in a major speech tomorrow. Credit: PA

But he appeared to leak key findings in his monthly radio phone-in programme on LBC.

What I will be arguing is that there are all sorts of viable futures for this country. And we don't have to be afraid.

There is a great and glorious future for Britain in Europe if we can reform it, but there might also be a great and glorious future, and I'm sure there is a great and glorious future, as an open outward looking economy that has great relations, great trading relations with Europe, but starts to think more and more about the rest of the world where you're seeing huge growth.

People should not be be paranoid and scared about that option. I think there's a lot of unnecessary apprehension.

We have nothing to fear.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

The mayor backs the Prime Minister's calls for a new deal with Europe but thinks withdrawal is a viable option.

The mayor's Eurosceptic views put him on a collision course with London businesses.

A recent poll by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry concluded 75% of firms believe a full withdrawal from Europe would "negatively impact on the UK economy".

And a recent report from business organisation London First revealed 30-40% of London's exports are to the EU