Brexit: Mayor of London Boris Johnson to campaign for UK to leave EU – CNN

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Britons will vote in an “in or out” referendum on June 23. Cameron argues the British economy will suffer if the country opts out.

In a 2,000-word opinion piece in the Telegraph on Sunday, Johnson said leaving was a “once-in-a-lifetime chance to vote for real change.”

“This is a moment to be brave, to reach out — not to hug the skirts of Nurse in Brussels, and refer all decisions to someone else,” he wrote.

In a press conference Sunday, Johnson said his decision to defy the prime minister’s view caused “a huge amount of heartache.”

Brexit explained

“The last thing I wanted was to go against David Cameron or the Government,” he said.

“I will be advocating Vote Leave or whatever the team is called — I understand there are many of them — because I want a better deal for the people of this country, to save them money and to take back control.”

Prime Minister: Let us stay

Before Johnson showed his hand, Cameron appeared on Sunday morning television to push for a vote to stay.

“If Boris and if others really care about being able to get things done in our world, then the EU is one of the ways in which we get them done,” he said.

“Having that seat at the table in the EU — just as being a member of NATO — is a vital way that we project our values and our power and our influence in the world.”

Why the big banks really have ‘Brexit’

Britain is one of the biggest economies in the European Union — and is a net contributor to the EU budget.

Critics say membership of the EU is a costly burden that brings regulations and excessive migration. Advocates say membership is good for the economy and leaving could be an expensive disaster.

Brexit: Mayor of London Boris Johnson to campaign for UK to leave EU – CNN