The former Foreign Secretary is the frontrunner to be the country’s next Prime Minister after coming out on top yet again in the third round of voting in the Tory leadership race. Mr Johnsonsecured 143 votes from Tory MPs in a ballot that saw Rory Stewart kicked out of the race, after getting just 27 votes. Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt are neck and neck for second place, and Sajid Javid made it through the round by the skin of his teeth.
Mr Johnson has declared he would take the UK out of the EU by October 31, deal or not, if he becomes the next Prime Minister.
However, for a man who has been firmly Eurosceptic since he was Brussels correspondent for the Telegraph 1989-1994, he has had some very good things to say about Europe – the continent.
When asked what he “has against Europe” by Germany’s Der Spiegel in 2015, Mr Johnson said it was a shame what the EU was choosing to focus on.
He implied that it is possible to be psychologically outward-looking and part of Europe, whilst outside the bureaucratic institution of the EU.
Mr Johnson, who was London Mayor at the time, told Der Spiegel: “We can’t leave Europe. We’re part of the European continent.
“What is the English Channel? It’s a primeval river that got slightly too big…
“We’re always going to be part of Europe psychologically.”
Despite this, the German publication branded the Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP as “one of the fathers of euro-bashing”.
He blasted EU red tape – rules and regulations that the UK must adhere to _ and said the bloc should focus on things that are good for Europeans, like the free market of services.
At the time, Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing to take on Brussels bosses in renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU.
Fellow Etonian Mr Johnson said: “I hope our German friends will take us very seriously during this reform process.”
Ultimately of course, Mr Cameron returned with meagre pickings from his negotiation attempt with EU bureaucrats.
It was not enough to convince the public that the EU was willing to change and 17.4 million people voted to leave in the subsequent referendum.
Mr Johnson said he now plans to honour the result of the referendum by refusing any more delays to Brexit if he wins the leadership contest.
He has assured voters that he is prepared to lead the UK out of the EU without a deal this Halloween if negotiations continue to falter.