Mayor of London Boris Johnson has finally ended months of speculation after declaring his intentions to run for parliament again next year.
Mr Johnson was speaking at the Bloomberg headquarters in London on Wednesday where he was giving a speech on Britain’s position in the EU.
The Mayor who extolled the positives of being within the EU argued that while there was a lot to be gained from Britain remaining in the EU, the country should not be afraid to negotiate on the terms on which it wants to be part of the Union.
He said that there was definitely a future for the UK outside of the union should negotiations with Brussels fail to yield desired results.
“We could negotiate a generous exit, securing European Free Trade Association-style access to the Common Market,” said the Mayor.
“There is nothing to be afraid of in going for an alternative future, adding there was much to be gained from” a Britain open not just to the rest of Europe but to the world.”
Boris Johnson urged prime minister David Cameron who has been fighting Brussels over reforms not to relent on his efforts to negotiate a better deal for Britain’s EU membership even though he suffered a humiliating defeat after his campaign to prevent the election of Jean-Claude Yunker as EU president failed.
“If we get it right it’s a win-win”.
On which constituent he intended to stake his claim as a member of Parliament, the Mayor said he would leave that decision to the local conservative departments to decide.
“So let me put it this way. I haven’t got any particular seat lined up but I do think in all probability I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015.
“It may all go wrong but I think the likelihood is I am going to have to give it a crack.”
Following his announcement to give parliament ‘ a crack,’ Prime Minister David Cameron who is on holiday in Portugal tweeted, “Great news that Boris plans to stand at next year’s general election – I’ve always said I want my star players on the pitch.”
It is widely speculated that Mr Johnson will stand for the Conservative party leadership after David Cameron stands down.