BORIS Johnson’s bid to unite the nation behind Brexit has been welcomed by the town’s MPs.

The foreign secretary today delivered a characteristically colourful speech at the Policy Exchange forum in London.

He sought to remind people that leaving the EU was not a “great V-sign from the cliffs of Dover”.

Seeking to reach out to Remainers, he declared: “If we are to carry this project through to national success, as we must, then we must also reach out to those who still have anxieties. Brexit is not grounds for fear but hope.”

Swindon’s MPs took opposite sides in the EU referendum in 2016, with the south’s Robert Buckland backing Remain and Justin Tomlinson in the north supporting Leave.

But both praised Mr Johnson’s speech, stressing the need for unity.

Mr Buckland told the Adver: “This is the first of several speeches by ministers outlining different aspects of the inevitably complex process of Brexit. I think it was a genuine attempt to understand the opposing arguments at a time when unifying voices are what we need.”

Mr Tomlinson struck a similar chord and touched on the global opportunities that could be laid at Britain’s feet post-Brexit.

“It was a positive message reinforcing the need for everyone across the political divide to work together to secure the best possible future for our nation,” he said.

“Rightly, the focus is on the opportunities of embracing the growing global economy.”