Streeting – Boris’ “crass” comments will do nothing to get a good Brexit deal for Britain

Boris Johnson faces criticism today after he compared French President Francois Hollande to a Second World War prison guard.


Speaking on a trade mission to India, the Foreign Secretary said: “If Mr Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who seeks to escape [the EU], in the manner of some World War Two movie, I don’t think that is the way forward, and it’s not in the interests of our friends and partners.” 

Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, supporter of Open Britain, said:

“It seems the Foreign Secretary has been leafing through his well-thumbed copy of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

“Nobody who wants to see a good Brexit deal for Britain should welcome these crass comments. To get a deal that protects our economy and keeps Britain an open, tolerant country, we need to negotiate in good faith and with courtesy with our European partners.

“Treating diplomacy like an old war firm is no way for the Foreign Secretary to behave. Boris Johnson should instead focus on working constructively with the rest of Europe to achieve a good deal for Britain.”


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