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Boris: Leaving EU could be a 'shot in the arm' for British Democracy

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said the UK needs to 'think globally' if it is to succeed and says restrictions imposed on Europe by Brussels is preventing growth.

Speaking from the Global Investment Conference in the capital he said that what he and what he thinks the Prime Minister, wants to see is a renegotiation of the rules imposed on Europe by Brussels.

He said the 'micro-climate of gloom' in the eurozone has been caused not just by the Euro but by the rules and regulations created over the past few decades by Brussels which Boris Johnson says is holding back growth.

The Mayor of London said a renegotiation is needed to 'get rid of some of that nonsense'.

"If that fails, then yes obviously we should be ready to walk away, I don't think that is as existential, as dramatic a step as it was perhaps 10 or 20 years ago." - Boris Johnson

March of the Beekeepers

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Campaigners are blaming certain pesticides on the decline in bee populations Credit: ITN

The March of the Beekeepers through Parliament Square comes ahead of a major vote in Brussels on Monday. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to vote against a ban on some neonicotinoid pesticides, which campaigners say are contributing to a decline in bee populations.

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Boris: EU bonus cap is 'deluded measure'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: REUTERS/Phil Noble

Boris Johnson has branded the EU's proposed bonus cap a "deluded" and "self-defeating" policy.

The Mayor claims that limiting bonuses to a maximum of twice a banker's salary will only serve to boost financial centres outside the EU.

He said: "People will wonder why we stay in the EU if it persists in such transparently self-defeating policies. Brussels cannot control the global market for banking talent. Brussels cannot set pay for bankers around the world.

"The most this measure can hope to achieve is a boost for Zurich and Singapore and New York at the expense of a struggling EU. This is possibly the most deluded measure to come from Europe since Diocletian tried to fix the price of groceries across the Roman empire."

Boris Johnson urges EU vote

Leaving the European Union would not be "the end of the world" for Britain, London mayor Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Johnson - seen as a possible future rival to David Cameron for the Tory leadership - said that the Government could not put off indefinitely a referendum on Britain's future in the EU.

In an interview with BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show, he said that he would like to see the public given the chance to vote on the issue before the next general election in 2015 although he did not expect it to happen.

We have never had a popular vote since 1975 on a European question.

I would like to be able to campaign for a single market and the withdrawal from a lot of the nonsensical policies.

I think it would be a good idea if they did it before 2015. It would be fantastic. I can't see them doing it before 2015.

– London Mayor Boris Johnson

Boris calls for EU referendum

Boris Johnson has called for a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the European Union, saying he wanted to be friendly with Europe but free to trade with the rest of the world.

In a speech to news agency Reuters, the Mayor called the Euro "a calamitous project" and said he believed the government needed a change of tactics in order to give London and the rest of the UK the best chance to thrive in the global economy.

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