FIRST it was the Italians who were infuriated by the ‘insulting’ way in which Boris Johnson reduced the debate over Brexit to the economics of prosecco sales. Then French and German officials reportedly received similar lectures about Champagne and car exports in ‘patronising’ and ‘unfunny’ remarks that are worsening Britain’s with Europe.
More recently, Boris provoked outrage among EU countries by offering to help Turkey join the EU despite whipping up prejudice during the referendum campaign by suggesting Turkish migrants would flood the UK if Britain stayed in the EU. Add to that the fact that the German foreign affairs minister allegedly told colleagues he can’t stand even being in the same room as Boris!
According to European ambassadors, Boris’s idiotically embarrassing comments on Brexit, both publicly and privately, are causing real damage. “This is no longer amusing,” one said.
Boris once described writing about the EU for The Telegraph as “great fun” because he could throw rocks over a wall and enjoy the sound of breaking glass. He seems to have the same approach to diplomacy. Mrs May should replace him with a grown-up – if she can find one. Boris can always go back to writing deep insights in GQ magazine etc – maybe he still thinks he is.
With Foreign Secretary ‘Buffoon Boris’ one of the Three Brexiteers responsible for Brexit ‘policy,’ at least there are no grounds at all to criticise President-elect Trump, and the similarly challenged team he’s assembling.
So, we have Boris ‘insulting’ the Italians, Theresa May (during her recent visit to India) ‘insulting’ the Indians, pretty much everyone insulting the Americans. But doubtless the government has a cunning secret plan and that antagonising the rest of the world is a key part of it.
Maybe this is Theresa May’s strategy. Give the three clowns enough rope to hang themselves with. Once they’re done, she’ll clear the decks and proceed with a new, progressive plan that she’s secretly developing behind the scenes. I just wish she’d hurry up before we’ve insulted the entire globe…
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