Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, odds on to be next PM, says nothing will change in short term after Brexit

Vote Leave campaign leader Boris Johnson speaks at the group's headquarters in London on June 24, 2016.
Vote Leave campaign leader Boris Johnson speaks at the group's headquarters in London on June 24, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Former London mayor Boris Johnson, a leading campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union and the bookmakers' favourite to replace Mr David Cameron as Prime Minister, said nothing would change over the short term following the Brexit vote.

"In voting to leave the EU it is vital to stress that there is now no need for haste and indeed as the Prime Minister has just said, nothing will change over the short term," he told reporters on Friday after Britons voted to leave the EU.

Mr Johnson said that in the future Britain would benefit from the vote to leave. "We can find our voice in the world again, a voice that is commensurate with the fifth-biggest economy on Earth," he said.

"I believe we now have a glorious opportunity: we can pass our laws and set our taxes entirely according to the needs of the UK economy."