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Boris Johnson anticipates Brexit “meltdown” and admits to admiring Trump...and his methods

Friday, June 8th 2018 - 07:13 UTC
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The UK foreign secretary also referred to the Treasury as the “heart of Remain”, according to a report by Buzzfeed. The UK foreign secretary also referred to the Treasury as the “heart of Remain”, according to a report by Buzzfeed.
Brexit will be “irreversible” and will happen, Mr. Johnson said, but the “risk is that it will not be the one we want”. Brexit will be “irreversible” and will happen, Mr. Johnson said, but the “risk is that it will not be the one we want”.

Boris Johnson reportedly warned there may be a Brexit “meltdown” in comments made at a private dinner this week. The UK foreign secretary also referred to the Treasury as the “heart of Remain”, according to a report by Buzzfeed.

 In recorded comments to the campaign group Conservative Way Forward he also reportedly said he was “increasingly admiring of Donald Trump”. Friends of Mr Johnson said they were disappointed remarks made at a private event had been covertly recorded.

The foreign secretary was apparently speaking to a group in a private room after an Institute of Directors reception on Wednesday night. According to Buzzfeed, he said that the prime minister was “going to go into a phase where we are much more combative with Brussels”.

He reportedly added: “You've got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK? I don't want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It's going to be all right in the end.”

Brexit will be “irreversible” and will happen, Mr. Johnson said, but the “risk is that it will not be the one we want”.

He was said to have described concerns over the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic as “pure millennium bug stuff” and suggested Chancellor Philip Hammond's department was “basically the heart of Remain”.

Mr. Johnson said fears about the Irish border were out of proportion, saying: “It's so small and there are so few firms that actually use that border regularly, it's just beyond belief that we're allowing the tail to wag the dog in this way.

”We're allowing the whole of our agenda to be dictated by this folly.“

On the US president, who is preparing for an historic summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, Mr Johnson reportedly said: ”I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness.“

”Imagine Trump doing Brexit,“ he added. ”He'd go in bloody hard... There'd be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he'd gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It's a very, very good thought.“

Finally he said he was ”increasingly admiring” of Donald Trump.

 

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  • DemonTree

    Of course he does. They're both liars and opportunists who care more about their own ambitions than their country. Boris was never a committed Brexiter, he chose to support Leave in the hope it would get him elected PM and he had a good chance until Gove stabbed him in the back.

    He lied that Britain would be able to stay in the single market after Brexit, and while he was a journalist he wrote all those fake stories about the EU to whip up outrage. More recently he lied about the Scripals' poisoning and embarrassed Britain (again).

    It's no surprise that he'd love to follow Trump's method of bullying everyone into giving him exactly what he wants, but it ain't gonna work.

    Jun 08th, 2018 - 10:45 am 0
  • Voice

    “covertly recorded”....no such thing nowadays, all politicians are savvy enough to assume that any speech they give at a private function or otherwise is probably being recorded...
    Everything he said was obviously intentional and for public consumption...
    Even the Trump remark...trying to make amends for his past sarcasm...

    Jun 08th, 2018 - 02:25 pm 0
  • chronic

    Poor DT.

    Again on the wrong side of history.

    DT, why do you hate Britain and British sovereignty so much?

    Where were you born?

    Manchester?

    Where were your parents actually born?

    Your grandparents?

    Has Britain failed you so terribly?

    Are you discriminated as a member of a particular class?

    If you were a fully integrated, prosperous member of that society your lack of commitment to the nation would be illogical.

    Jun 10th, 2018 - 04:14 pm 0
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