Exclusive: Boris Johnson - Yes, we WILL take back Â£350m from EU for NHS
Boris Johnson today sets out a grand vision of Britainâs âgloriousâ post-Brexit future as a low-tax, low regulation economy paying nothing to the EU for access to the single market.
In a 4,000-word article for the Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary restates the key demand of the Leave campaign - that Â£350m a week currently sent to Brussels should be redirected to fund the NHS.
He says that Britain should not continue to make payments to the EU after Brexit and that ongoing membership of the European single market and customs union would make a "complete mockery" of the referendum.
Mr Johnson, who has said virtually nothing about Brexit in the wake of the election, makes no reference to any transition period after 2019 and makes repeated reference to how EU bureaucracy is a drag on economic performance.
The blueprint and vision he sets out to day differs markedly from the plan set out by Philip Hammond and other Cabinet ministers - who have stressed the need to remain close to the single market and pay money to maintain access.
It comes less than a week before Theresa May delivers a pivotal Brexit speech in Florence, and effectively amounts to an ultimatum to the Prime Minister on what she is expected to say.Source: Google News