Boris Johnson has hailed Brexit for 'literally saving lives' as he was interviewed by close ally Nadine Dorries.
The former PM pointed to the vaccine rollout as a major benefit as he dismissed gloom three years after the UK left the EU.
Mr Johnson was appearing on Ms Dorries' new show on Talk TV.
The MP served as his Culture Secretary and has been one of his biggest cheerleaders on the Tory benches - often urging him to make a comeback.
Boris Johnson has hailed Brexit for 'literally saving lives' as he was interviewed by close ally Nadine Dorries
Mr Johnson has been urging Brits to ignore 'gloom-mongers' as senior EU players in the Brexit saga weighed in on the landmark date.
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Meanwhile former EU negotiator Michel Barnier suggested that the UK had seen 'no added value' from leaving.
He also lauded Keir Starmer as 'a European', something the Labour leader may not appreciate as he tries to keep his party happy.
Speaking to Ms Dorries on the programme - to be broadcast on Friday at 8pm - MrJohnson said: 'Thank goodness that era is behind us but one thing people forget - now let's pray it's behind us - but one thing people forget, thinking about the vaccine rollout is there we've got the, I think the third anniversary of Brexit, coming up, or the third anniversary of the day when we actually came out of the EU.
'You don't hear it much these days, but it is absolutely the case, that had it not been for our ability to do our own regulation, had it not been for the fact that we'd come out of the European Medicines Agency, the MHRA, the medical health regulation agency, was now totally free to decide how fast to approve the vaccine - we wouldn't have been able to do that vaccine rollout so fast.
'And you know, it is literally true that Brexit helped save lives.
And people's eyes bulge a bit when you say that, but it happens to be true… I'm proud of that. I'm proud of all the work that those people did.'
Mr Johnson also addressed the ongoing investigation by the Privileges Committee into his Partygate conduct.
He insisted he will be 'respectful' of the process, but said anyone who thought he had deliberately covered up lockdown parties in No10 was 'out of their mind'.
Mr Johnson was appearing on Ms Dorries' new show on Talk TV
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