Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson waves after addressing a press conference in central London on June 30, 2016. AFP / LEON NEAL
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The former London mayor dropped his campaign to become Conservative Party leader and prime minister after Justice Secretary Michael Gove abruptly withdrew his support for Johnson and announced he would run himself.Cameron's announcement triggered a Conservative leadership race in which Johnson was expected be a front-runner, with Gove as his campaign manager.Johnson addressed the issue in a Daily Telegraph column that seemed to say Britain would continue to enjoy most of the benefits of EU membership – a claim dismissed by European leaders as wildly unrealistic. The first public signs of a split between Johnson and Gove came in an email from Gove's wife, columnist Sarah Vine, obtained by Sky News Wednesday. It suggested Gove should ensure he had specific guarantees from Johnson before backing the latter's bid.
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