(Reuters)New Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he would assure his EU counterparts that Britain would continue to cooperate closely with them once it leaves the bloc following last month’s Brexit referendum.

Johnson had on Sunday (July 17) met EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, with both stressing their meeting had been held in good spirits, discussing a joint response to the failed coup in Turkey and the militant attack in Nice. Asked how ministers would find working with Johnson, who during the Brexit campaign compared the EU to Hitler’s plan to dominate Europe, Mogherini simply said her exchange with him on Sunday evening had been “very positive”. She stressed that Britain remained a member of the European Union and that there would be no negotiation of the terms of Brexit until London notifies formally that it is leaving under the terms of Article 50 of the EU treaty.

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