He has recently claimed the UK’s national and economic security would be put at risk by a vote for ‘Brexit’.
But Mr Johnson this morning dismissed such suggestions as “total nonsense”.
“My view remains what it always has been, this is a great opportunity to reform the EU.
“If we don’t get what is good for Britain and for Europe then we should not hesitate to say ‘no’.
“What I think will happen – this is very, very important – if the British people were to say ‘we don’t think that’s good enough’ I don’t think that for a minute means David Cameron has to resign.”
Tory MP John Redwood told Mr Cameron he’ll have to reign after a Brexit vote
I don’t think that for a minute means David Cameron has to resign
Mr Johnson added if the Prime Minister fails to win his reforms or sees Britons vote to leave the EU he should not “feel the slightest bit abashed” and instead demand Brussels comes up with a new deal.
He added: “There’s plenty of room for flexibility in this whole thing and there’s no reason for the Prime Minister to not approach this whole thing with a great deal of confidence and elan.”
The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP has consistently refused to rule out leading the ‘Leave’ campaign in the run-up to the EU referendum, due before the end of 2017.
It has recently been suggested Mr Johnson could be ‘bought off’ by Mr Cameron with a Cabinet position, in exchange for his support for remaining in the EU.
Some reports claimed he could even replace Philip Hammond as Foreign Secretary.
But Mr Johnson said he “will not take any other job” while he remains Mayor of London.
After his term at the capital’s City Hall finishes in May, he claimed he will remain “a humble backbencher”.
A referendum could then be held as early as June.
Mr Johnson denied the Conservative Party could end up disastrously split over the EU referendum.
He claimed Tory MPs are “not fighting” over Europe and “glutinous harmony” currently prevails within the party.
Mr Johnson is a leading candidate to replace Mr Cameron as Tory leader.
Before the last election, the Prime Minister revealed he would not seek a third term in Downing Street in 2020.
via : Daily Express :: Politics Feed