Leslie – Boris Johnson’s comments on Northern Ireland border show he has the reverse Midas touch

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme today and discussed the complex Brexit-related issue of the Northern Ireland border. He compared the problem to the boundaries between different London boroughs by saying “there’s no border between Camden and Westminster” as an example of why there doesn’t need to be a visible border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Now we know why Boris Johnson didn't mention the problem of the Irish border once in his big Brexit speech last week: because he simply doesn’t understand it.

“To compare the border between two sovereign states, the UK and the Republic of Ireland, to the boundaries between different London boroughs is not only patently ridiculous but also shows staggering insensitivity and a stupefying ignorance of a conflict in which over 3,000 people died between 1969 and the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Boris Johnson's tenure as Foreign Secretary and Brexit cheerleader shows he has the reverse Midas touch: everything he touches turns to muck.”



Notes to editors:

The clip of Boris Johnson’s comments can be viewed here.