>> Nice to see you, everybody.>> Who are you going to back? Tell us who'll you back?>> His leadership race may be in tatters, but he's still looking on the bright side. Boris Johnson calling on the government to spell out the benefits of Brexit rather than allowing hysteria to take hold.
In his weekly Telegraph column and first detailed comment since ending his bid to be PM, the former London Mayor says Brexit fears are wildly overdone. He blames the government for manipulating public opinion and causing what he calls a contagious mourning like that which followed the death of Princess Diana.
>> He should be positive.>> Johnson was a key figure in the Leave campaign and an early favorite to take over at number ten. But he abruptly pulled out last week after his former ally, Michael Gove, made his own leadership challenge. The first round of conservative voting will begin Tuesday, contenders making their case:
>> The next leader of the country needs to be someone who believes heart and soul that Britain should be outside the European Union>> We need to get on with it>> What's important for us though is that we get the right deal.>> Meanwhile Chancellor George Osborne has pledged to slash corporation tax in an effort to court investors
>> In an interview with the Financial Times, Osborne says he'll cut the tax to below 15%, down from 20, but doesn't give a timeline.