Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson to stand as next Conservative leader

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FILE PHOTO: Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives a speech at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, Britain, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Yates/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson, Britain’s former foreign minister and a prominent campaigner to leave the European Union, said on Thursday he will be standing as a candidate to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as Conservative leader, the BBC reported.

May has said she will step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations although she has not yet put a date on her departure.

“Of course I’m going to go for it,” Johnson told The British Insurance Brokers’ Association, according to the BBC.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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