And he also talked of the many Remainers who enjoy "hailing me abusively in the street" with "cheery four letter epithets".
Mr Johnson said he had detected "a feeling of grief and alienation", but said although some people's fears had been unfounded, he had also detected "a hardening of the mood, a deepening of the anger. we must also reach out to those who still have anxieties".
Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has delivered a speech emphatically calling for a "global" post-Brexit Britain that severs its institutional ties with the European Union, expressing his most public disagreement yet with Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Britain's extrication from the bloc.
Rather than wishing for the country to become a global centre again, they would rather England was the neighbourhood loner who kept himself to himself (I say England rather than Britain quite specifically).
The government has yet to set out in detail what type of immigration model it wants to set up outside the European Union, when it will no longer be bound by freedom of movement rules from Brussels.
Here are all the times that the foreign secretary has fundamentally contradicted his own arguments on Brexit.
He said anything less than staying in the single market involves border checks. However, this was very far from his position before the referendum.
Sky News has rounded up eight of the oddest moments. Barnier accused Britain of making unacceptable demands by wanting access to the single market, but without any of the obligations that actual membership entails.
Because that will mean that while a bespoke deal is still possible, it will be one that must fall within the parameters for worldwide trade that already exist - with a choice between excellent market access and the obligations that demands, or a lower-price and looser trading arrangement that will inevitably carry a larger economic cost. "In my view, the British have done good things for Europe".
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A profusely bleeding Sibi was rushed to the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital where she had to undergo an abortion, they added. The victim's family has held protests outside a police station to pressurize the cops to arrest the main culprit.
Boris added: "We would be mad to go through this process of extrication from the European Union, and not to take advantage of the economic freedoms it will bring".
"I wonder what he meant by that", is the quote ascribed to Prince Metternich on hearing of the death of the great French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.
"Some in the British political society are against the truth, pretending that I am a stupid, stubborn federalist, that I am in favor of a European superstate", he told a press conference Wednesday in the wake of Johnson's speech.
"If we did not have one, we would invent something like it", he added.
After the speech, Johnson was asked if he regretted some of the language he had used to attack critics of the Government's Brexit plan, such as describing Labour as "supine invertebrate protoplasmic jellies" during a debate about the UK's financial settlement with the EU.
However, during the period when Johnson was elected twice for mayor of London, he claimed to be the most pro-immigration politician in the country.
He insisted: "It's all about who decides". While also tweeting his opposition.
He said the project's success "will depend on what we make of it" - and said it would be "absurd" if Britain left the bloc only to align itself with all its rules in future, without having any say in them. The Brexiteers won the referendum on the basis of half-truths, nostalgia and vague ideas about sovereignty, but now they need to plan a real strategy with binding agreements and promises, they have nothing to offer and nobody's trust.