Boris Johnson wants to return Putin's faith in liberalism

Boris Johnson wants to return Putin's faith in liberalism

The United Kingdom will show Russian President Vladimir Putin its commitment to liberal values by leaving the European Union by 31 October, frontrunner to be Britain's next prime minister Boris Johnson wrote in his article for The Daily Telegraph.

"If we fail yet again, and especially if we thereby increase the risk that the EU demands another referendum before we have delivered the first, we will make a mockery of democracy. [...] If we want to uphold liberal values, we must leave by October 31 – and we will", Johnson penned in the article.

According to Johnson, not only is liberalism alive and well, it is also "delivering prosperity on a scale unimaginable to previous generations". 

He believes that states built on the foundations of liberalism, freedom, equality, and the rule of law will prosper, while the country without these essential building blocks of liberalism "will – eventually – face disaster".

Earlier, Putin said in an interview with the Financial Times that the liberal idea had "outlived its purpose" because the public had turned against immigration, open borders, and multicultiralism.