Monday 16 January 2017

Boris Johnson: 'History will prove that the British people got it right'

Britain is part of Europe, and always will be - but now it will extricate itself from the job-destroying coils of EU bureaucracy

Boris Johnson

Published 27/06/2016 | 02:30

More than 17 million voted to leave the EU Photo: Getty
More than 17 million voted to leave the EU Photo: Getty

This EU referendum has been the most extraordinary political event of our lifetime. Never in our history have so many people been asked to decide a big question about the nation's future. Never have so many thought so deeply, or wrestled so hard with their consciences, in an effort to come up with the right answer.

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It has been a gruelling campaign in which we have seen divisions between family and friends and colleagues - sometimes entirely amicable, sometimes, alas, less so. In the end, there was a clear result.

More than 17 million people voted to leave the EU - more than have ever assented to any proposition in our democratic history. Some now cast doubt on their motives, or even on their understanding of what was at stake.

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