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Boris Johnson accuses EU of putting cyclists' lives at risk

Boris Johnson today accused the European Union of putting cyclists' lives at risk by refusing to support improvements to the design of lorry cabs.

The London mayor wanted European countries to adopt new rules following a spate of cycling fatalities in 2013.

But he told ITV's The Late Debate his proposals was were being blocked by other European countries, including France.

The government wanted to back it. We couldn't get it done basically because that decision is taken at a European level.

There is such a proposal to have safer cabs so that drivers can see vulnerable road users but it's currently blocked in the transport ministers' council by France and by other countries because they're protecting the interests of their manufacturers.

– BORIS JOHNSON MP, MAYOR OF LONDON

In his first major TV interview since publicly backing 'Brexit', Johnson insisted his relationship with David Cameron could recover.

Of course it can and indeed I don't believe there's been any damage to the relationship between any of us in the Conservative party.

We are determined to get this right. We have different views.

I passionately believe that the European project is now taking away too much democratic control from the people of this country.

– BORIS JOHNSON MP, MAYOR OF LONDON

The mayor also denied leaving the EU would be a gamble for London.

I think it is a once in a lifetime chance for this country to get out from under a project that I think is nothing like what we signed up for in 1972. This is a climatic once in a lifetime moment for us. I don't think it's a gamble for London at all.

– BORIS JOHNSON MP, MAYOR OF LONDON