Speaking in London at the event, which was announced as the beginning of his campaign, Johnson said that he has faith in the fact that ready to become that leader who will ensure unity, transmits Bi-bi-si.
The former mayor of London was considered by bookmakers as one of the top favorites as the new Tory leader instead of David Cameron, who announced the resignation after the referendum on the British exit from the EU.
“I have to tell you, my friends, you, who faithfully waited for the climax of this speech, that, after consulting with colleagues, and with due account of the Parliament of the circumstances I came to the conclusion that this person cannot be me,” Reuters quoted Johnson’s performance on the pre-election press conference. The Agency notes that the audience greeted the astonished exclamations.
Earlier about the beginning of the campaign, announced by justice Minister Michael Gove, a former colleague of Johnson in the fight against continued membership of the EU, and the Minister of internal Affairs Theresa may.
Cameron’s successor will face the difficult negotiations with the EU as London wants to reduce migration to the UK, retaining, however, the access to European markets, says Reuters. The EU leaders, ending on Tuesday an informal meeting without the involvement of the UK, stressed that the key to getting preferences on the internal market of the Union is adherence to the “four freedoms”: the movement of people, goods, services and capital.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said that the UK will not be able to choose in negotiations about the release of the benefits of the European Union, which she likes, such as a single market, not agreeing to freedom of movement. Cameron at the last EU summit with his part noted that the outcome of the referendum was largely dictated by the migration policy of Brussels.