Jean-Marc Ayrault

New British foreign secretary arrives for first EU meeting

New British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who recently likened the European Union to Adolf Hitler's vision for Europe, came to Brussels Monday to meet for the first time with his EU colleagues, and said he hopes to cooperate closely.

Johnson led a winning campaign to persuade British voters to leave the European Union, but said the referendum's outcome last month "in no sense means we are leaving Europe."

"We are not going to be in any way abandoning our leading role in European cooperation and participation of all kinds," Johnson said before the start of an EU foreign ministers' meeting. He said last week's attack in Nice, France, showed the need...