London Mayor urges support for Brexit, Osborne warns of impact on economy

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:34 GMT, Feb 28, 2016 |

London Mayor Boris Johnson said on Saturday (February 27) voting for Britain to leave the European Union would get a better deal for the country.

His comments followed a newspaper interview in which he urged British government ministers to join the campaign, defying Prime Minister and fellow Conservative David Cameron.

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the EU and to get a better deal for Britain and that is to vote “leave”,” he said as he left his London home.

A political showman who is widely thought to be keen to succeed Cameron, Johnson said he wanted to change the minds of the majority of cabinet ministers who favour voting to remain in the EU in a June 23 referendum on the issue.

“People should look at the arguments. I have huge respect for what the Prime Minister is saying. But people I think should think about the arguments,” Johnson told the Telegraph.

The Mayor got a “big cheer” from the leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage who said he’d “die a happy man … if we win that referendum on June the 23rd”.”

But Chancellor George Osborne said on Saturday that world financial leaders had concluded a possible Brexit would be dangerous.

“They say that a British exit from the EU would be a shock to the world economy,” he said whilst attending the G20 Summit in Shanghai, China.