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London Mayor Says Backs ‘Vote Leave’ Campaign for UK to Exit EU

© AFP 2023 / NIKLAS HALLE'NLondon Mayor Boris Johnson
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson stated that he will be advocatingadvocate the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, known as 'Vote Leave' campaign.

A branded balloon and mug are seen in the office of pro-Brexit group pressure group Leave.eu in London, Britain. - Sputnik International
UK Politician Says Staying in EU Exposes Country to Risk of Terrorism
LONDON (Sputnik) – Mayor of London Boris Johnson said Sunday he will advocate the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, challenging Prime Minister David Cameron who attempted to persuade him to back an “in” vote.

“After a great deal of heartache…I will be advocating ‘Vote Leave’ or whatever the team is called,” Johnson told reporters, citing the desire to “take back control” from the 28-member bloc.

The Vote Leave campaign tweeted “welcome aboard” immediately following Johnson’s press conference, while the Sky News broadcaster said Cameron was "furious" with the decision.

​Seen as one of the favorites to succeed Cameron as the next Conservative Party leader, Johnson joins the ranks of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Justice Secretary Michael Gove and other allies known as the “Group of Six.”

The Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, London, UK. - Sputnik International
Cameron's Deal With EU 'Hollow' Victory, UK Needs to 'Take Back Control'
Britons are scheduled to go to the polls on June 23 for an in/out referendum, after Cameron and 27 of his European colleagues negotiated a deal to grant the UK special status within the bloc.

Cameron sought to revise the terms of his country's EU membership, focusing on four main issues: shifting power away from EU authorities to the UK national legislature, exempting Britain from the EU "superstate" principle, stripping the euro of the single official EU currency status, and protecting the British economy by keeping eurozone members away from non-eurozone countries’ affairs.

After reaching the deal, Cameron argued that the United Kingdom would be "safer and stronger" within the European Union.

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