Speaking from Davos, Boris Johnson said on BBC News today, he was optimistic that David Cameron can achieve a new deal for Britain in the EU. Boris said he would be prepared to campaign for EU withdrawal if he did not believe the deal Britain was getting was acceptable. He said while he personally preferred to remain in the EU and he believed negotiations would be successful, “You cannot go into any serious negotiation of this kind without at least being able to walk away.”
We joined on a free trade zone basis in 1975, pointed out the Mayor, so it should be no problem in reasserting that basis. Voters do not feel consulted, he continued, so this is the first opportunity for 40 years for the voice of the British people to be heard.
He also explained why it was so valuable for leading international figures to go to Davos and explained that after the Olympics, it has never been so easy to sell London abroad as a home for investment.
In an interview with Bloomberg tv., Boris explains why he thinks a new role for Britain in the EU is possible.
Interesting interview with Richard Quest of CNN is here.