17:17 GMT02 December 2020
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    As the dust settles on Greece’s position within the EU, Britain appears to be making more moves to leave it. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised the public that he will renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU ahead of an in/out referendum in 2017.

     

    And not reneging on his first promise, the PM has sent Chancellor George Osborne to northern Europe to canvas support for the UK’s demand for reforms.

    Mr Osborne is visiting Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen, meeting Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Denmark’s premiere Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

    And the proposed rhetoric on expanding trade with countries outside of the EU seems to be striking a chord with London Mayor Boris Johnson, who has revealed his Eurosceptic views in an interview with German news magazine Spiegel.

    During a discussion about his recent biography on Winston Churchill, the London MP was asked for his views on a potential Brexit and if he would regret it if the UK left the EU?

    And Boris thinks it would be “good for British democracy”, reducing regulation and increasing trade with other countries.

    Speaking to Spiegel, he said: “I don't think it's the only option. But I don't think it would be the end of the world either if we left.” “I think we need to focus on other things that are good for our populations. I believe in the free market of services and all those things”.

    The London Mayor admits that the ideal situation is for Britain to be part of the EU – in order to improve it, and explains in the interview why.

    “We don't need the European Union to tell us how many hours we can work, we don't need all this health and safety stuff. Brussels should get back to the great principle of Cassis de Dijon — mutual recognition, not harmonization.

    “I hope our German friends will take us very seriously during this reform process.” Boris told Spiegel.

    Greece may well have firmed up its position within the EU — but it seems now it’s Britain’s turn to shake it all up again.

     

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