Boris Johnson has pledged Britain will continue helping the EU tackle the migrant crisis after Brexit.  The Foreign Secretary, continuing his charm offensive on a tour to European capitals today, said he wanted a ‘strong EU’ and a ‘strong UK’ to work together, insisting: ‘We are not leaving Europe, we are leaving the European Union’.

He was speaking in Vienna after talks with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz ahead of an informal gathering of EU foreign ministers which they were both attending later in Slovakian capital Bratislava.

‘We do want a strong EU but we also want a strong UK and I think we share a vision for a strong new European partnership between the UK and the EU and ever closer relations between Britain and Austria,’ he said.

Mr Johnson said that Austria had been affected by the migration crisis of the past few years, adding: ‘One of the most important points I wanted to make is that we in the United Kingdom are very, very keen to continue to tackle that sort of issue together, whatever our relationship with the EU.