United Kingdom

27 Apr 2017

Boris Johnson gets all the attention again

Boris Johnson is the talk of the day in the United Kingdom. Johnson is the type of person that can’t be put in the corner, despite rumours saying that he would be sidelined during Theresa May’s election campaign.

Some of his fellow Conservatives want to minimise the potential for gaffes, and ensure that Theresa May will claim full credit for the impending victory in June’s election. Unfortunately for their plans, Johnson is not that type of guy. Today he revealed that the UK may cooperate with the US in striking Syria.

Johnson was invited to the Today programme and was asked if there is any chance of the UK getting involved in an airstrike against Syria, similar to the one that the US Navy launched some days ago. Johnson replied: “if the US asked for help for a similar attack, it would be difficult to say no. That is the view of the prime minister too.” Johnson, also, refused to confirm that MPs will get a vote on a possible air strike against Assad’s military forces.

It should be noted that Boris Johnson made an embarrassing performance during the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Tuscany. Johnson tried to convince the ministers to impose stricter sanctions on Syria and Russia suggesting they were responsible for the attack with chemical weapons against the rebel held village of Khan Sheikhoun. Setting his target high and denying paying attention to what the partner countries wanted on this matter, his requests were rebuffed. Back in Britain, sources from the Tory party said that the foreign minister exposed himself because of being unprepared.

The foreign minister talked about the tension in the Korean peninsula, which has risen considerably in the last few days. “What people thought was an almost comical question – the North Korean nuclear threat- has become very real and very dangerous indeed. We need to address the problem. All its neighbours feel the threat very intensely,” said Johnson who seemed to take a stance against immediate military action. “To what extent is there a military solution? I have to say I am very skeptical and so are the most experts I have talked to. I think the military options are not good. The best way forward is to keep a calm, clear head and to work with China to bring pressure on Pyongyang,” added the British foreign minister.

The June 8 parliamentary elections and the course of Brexit negotiations ruled the rest of the conversation on BBC Radio 4 programme. Johnson said that the election is a matter of choice between Theresa May’s stable government and the chaotic Jeremy Corbyn.  He expressed the opinion that people look at Theresa May seeking strong leadership and her clear approach.

Boris Johnson was asked if the new elected government, will pay the sums of money that the European Union asked for. The minister replied that no one, until now, has tabled a request for a sum of money in the negotiations. He sees no reason why the UK should pay huge sums of money in the long term to the EU.

Johnson accused Germany for turning UK’s offer down, which would secure the full rights of EU’s citizens who reside in Britain. However, he said that the number of immigrants in the UK is too high, and that the government should have control of it. Boris Johnson refused to commit to saying that annual migration should be cut down to below 100,000.

Johnson caught all the attention yesterday, when in one of his articles in the Sun, he urged voters not to be fooled by Jeremy Corbyn’s “nonsensical questions”. To add to that, Johnson wrote that the electorate should stop thinking that Corbyn is “a mutton-headed old mugwump, but he probably harmless.” His choice of words made an impact on the, discussed in every news channel and becoming a trend in social media.