Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs speaks during the Global Britain session of Conservative Party Conference.
In his speech at the Conservative Party conference, Johnson talked about Britain’s “irresistible soft power” while saying the EU referendum was “a vote for economic and political freedom.”
He name-checked JK Rowling for her international popularity and praised the BBC, saying the broadcaster “is the single greatest and most effective ambassador for our culture and our values.”
Johnson said with 2% of its GDP spent on defence the UK would be the leading military player in western Europe for the foreseeable future.
He also noted that one in 10 British people live abroad and said that great minds from across the world congregate in London, a “great jiving funkopolitan melting pot”.
Johnson said he wanted to emphasise that “free markets and free societies go together.”