Foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain’s exit from the European Union would not be acrimonious, adding he hoped to negotiate a new relationship with the bloc that would be more valuable than the current one.

“I think it is so important to recast this whole conversation and … to stop thinking of it as this acrimonious divorce. It’s not going to be like that, it’s going to be the development of a new European partnership between Britain and the EU,” he told a parliamentary committee.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson listens as Prime Minister Theresa May gives her speech on the final day of the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson listens as Prime Minister Theresa May gives her speech on the final day of the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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