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15th-Feb-2018

Brexiteer Johnson tries to reassure UK europhiles

By AFP, London


British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will on Wednesday attempt to heal divisions between UK europhiles and those backing his own pro-Brexit stance, kick-starting a series of high-profile speeches on leaving the EU.
Johnson was one of the driving forces behind the campaign to see Britain leave the European Union and he has been one of the country's most vocal Brexiteers since the 2016 referendum which backed the move.
But in a London speech on Wednesday he will urge people to "reach out to those who still have anxieties" about leaving the bloc.
"It is not good enough to say to Remainers-you lost, get over it; because we must accept that many are actuated by entirely noble sentiments, a real sense of solidarity with our European neighbours and a desire for the UK to succeed," he will say, according to extracts released by the foreign ministry.
Johnson will, however, also fall back on phrases often used by the pro-Brexit side, accusing some people of attempting to "frustrate the will of the people" and stop Britain leaving the EU.