Britain’s Justice Secretary
Michael Gove leaves after addressing a press conference in central
London on July 1, 2016. (AFP photo)
Conservative Party leader and UK prime minister, says if elected he will
be committed to taking his country out of the European Union (EU).
launching his bid to be the next Tory leader and prime minister on
Friday, Justice Secretary Gove said he was a reluctant candidate but
that he was “the best person to lead Britain out of the European Union.”
stated that when he reached a conclusion that former London Mayor Boris
Johnson was not the “right person”, his “heart told him” that he
himself should come forward.
Gove was expected to back Johnson, but in a shocking announcement on Thursday, he ruled him out from the race.
said he would cut immigration by blocking EU free movement and
introduce an Australian-style points-based system for immigration and
bring numbers down.
He also vowed to spend an extra £100 million a
week by 2020 on the National Health Service (NHS) if he wins. The Vote
Leave campaign, spearheaded by Gove, had pledged an extra £350 million a
week for the NHS.
Gove said he will not invoke Article 50 of the
EU’s Lisbon Treaty to negotiate a withdrawal from the European bloc this
year. His comments come as EU leaders have put pressure on Britain to
start negotiations soon.
Gove also said he doesn’t think there
will be a second referendum on Scottish independence, after the UK voted
to leave the EU.
This is while Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a second independence referendum from the UK is highly likely.
Britain is in turmoil following the Leave camp victory in the June 23 referendum on the EU membership.
Minister David Cameron said he would leave it to the next prime
minister to invoke Article 50 to negotiate the withdrawal from the EU.
The result of the Conservative leadership race will be announced on September 9.