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When asked at the G7 summit if Britain is doing better than it was six years ago when it was still part of the bloc, he told CNN: “It’s (better off). Let me give you an example.

“Thanks to the position we took, we had an independent medical agency that was able to ensure that the first Covid vaccine in anyone’s arms in the world was in the UK.”

He added: “Secondly, we have been able to achieve many free trade agreements around the world. And we are able to change some of our regulations to regain control of our borders.

“We no longer spend tons of money on projects we couldn’t control. And it was a good decision.”

Commenting on Russia’s war in Ukraine, Mr Johnson added: “I don’t think the UK in the European Union and in the kind of common foreign and security policy matrix that we had then , I don’t think we would have been in the lead, as the first European country to arm the Ukrainians, to give them the means to protect themselves.

“I think it speaks to a country that thinks about things differently, thinks about the world with a more global perspective and is ambitious.

“That doesn’t mean we’re less European. We’re still European, but I think we have a more global approach.”

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