Boris Johnson outlines 'four-point' blueprint for UK in Brexit negotiations

Mr Johnson refused to rule out payments to the EU in order to maintain single-market access

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Boris Johnson leaves his home in north London | Image: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Boris Johnson has outlined the four-point blueprint the British government wants to achieve when it negotiates the UK's exit from the EU.

The British Foreign Secretary said Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to retain control of borders, control of money, control of laws and the ability to do free trade deals.

He also refused to rule out payments to the EU in order to maintain access to the bloc's single market.

Doing so, which has also been mooted by Brexit Secretary David Davis, would allow the UK to have a soft Brexit, rather than a 'hard' one which would involve leaving the free trade area.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Johnson said: "You... have... got to take back control of money, control of our democracy, our laws and be in a position to do free trade deals and that is what the Prime Minister wants to achieve.

"What David has said is that (paying for access to the single market) is the kind of thing that could be considered but we are not getting into a running commentary of our negotiations.

"I've given you a pretty fair, four-point analysis of what we need to achieve - control of borders, control of money, control of laws and the ability to do free trade deals.

"Within those ideas - those very simple ideas - is a wealth of information about the kind of deal we want.

"I've no doubt that we can achieve it. It'll be good, not just for the UK, but it would be good for the whole of Europe as well."