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UK's Johnson: Court ruling won't hurt Brexit timetable

  • Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives ahead of a visit by Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos at 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.  This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez are on a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,)

    Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives ahead of a visit by Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos at 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez are on a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,)  (The Associated Press)

  • President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leave 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday November 2, 2016. This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez are on a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leave 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday November 2, 2016. This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez are on a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

  • President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leave 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday Nov.2 2, 2016. This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez are on a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, left, and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leave 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday Nov.2 2, 2016. This year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez are on a three day state visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's foreign secretary says he doesn't think the court ruling requiring a greater say for British lawmakers as the country leaves the European Union will derail the government's exit timetable.

Boris Johnson, making his first bilateral visit to Germany since taking office, on Friday described Britain's planned EU exit as a "huge opportunity" and said "with the right spirit, I believe we can turn these negotiations into a win-win discussion."

Johnson cautioned against reading too much into Thursday's High Court ruling that the British government needs Parliament's approval before formally triggering talks on leaving the EU.

He says "it's very important to recognize that the British people voted to leave the European Union" and adds "I don't think it will interfere with the timetable for that process."