Johnson pledges £300 million to "strengthen the union"
Boris Johnson has pledged £300 million in extra funding in an attempt to “strengthen the union” and boost growth in the devolved nations.
Visiting a military base in Scotland, the new prime minister said that it was vital to “renew the ties that bind the United Kingdom" as the country prepares to exit the European Union.
During the trip, Mr Johnson met with the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson and first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
He is also expected to visit Wales and Northern Ireland in the following days.
Both Davidson and Sturgeon are opposed to a no-deal Brexit, with the former saying: “I don’t think the government should pursue a no-deal Brexit and, if it comes to it, I won’t support it.”
During the trip, Johnson said: “Our union is the most successful political and economic union in history. We are a global brand and together we are safer, stronger and more prosperous.
“So as we prepare for our bright future after Brexit, it’s vital we renew the ties that bind our United Kingdom.”
He added that he was a “passionate believer in our great union” and wanted to make sure every decision made by his government “promotes and strengthens” the union.
Meanwhile, the government has confirmed it's now working on the assumption of a no-deal exit from the European Union on October 31, ramping up preparations.
Two committees have been set up, including a "daily operations committee" of senior ministers.
Johnson said he would “hold out the hand” and “go the extra thousand miles” to secure a deal but that any responsible government needed to thoroughly prepare if there is no agreement.