Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, has criticized the UK government’s Brexit strategy.
Mr. Johnson said the UK government’s Brexit strategy lacks ‘guts’ with a suggestion that the U.S. President Trump could do a better job.
Boris Johnson said he was “increasingly admiring” Donald Trump and “more convinced that there is method in his madness.”
Hinting at a Trump-style Brexit deal, Johnson said: “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.”
In private dinner remarks, Boris Johnson alleged that Chancellor of Exchequer, Philip Hammond’s Treasury is at “the heart of Remain.”
Johnson said: “They (The Treasury) don’t want any disruption of the economy. So, they’re sacrificing all the medium and long-term gains out of fear of short-term disruption.”
In response to Johnson’s criticism, Chancellor Hammond advised him to engage with the EU because “a collaborative approach is generally more productive than a confrontational approach.”
Warning that the Leave voters might not get what they expected Mr. Johnson said the Brexit talks were heading for a meltdown.
Mr. Johnson said: “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.”
Secretary Johnson said the “risk is that it will not be the one we want.” He added, “Unless you make the change unless you have the guts to go for the independent policy, you’re never going to get the economic benefits of Brexit. You’ll never get the political benefits of Brexit.”
Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to be dragged down into the debate if the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs is undermining her.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May said her foreign secretary “had strong views on Brexit but so do I.”
In his private dinner comments, Johnson said UK could remain ‘locked in the orbit of EU’ and regretted that the Irish border issue was dictating the whole Brexit agenda of the United Kingdom.
“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,” he said.
Russia’s Putin ‘Feels Deep Sense of Shame’
Along with explosive remarks on Brexit, Johnson also made remarks about Russia and China. Johnson said the Russian President Vladimir Putin “feels a deep sense of shame that he’s the leader of a country that has been so greatly reduced in its global importance.”
Johnson added: “When I was a kid, Russia really mattered. It’s now got an economy about the size of Australia. Yeah, they’ve got a lot of nuclear weapons, but its real importance in the world is greatly [diminished]. Putin’s a revanchist. He wants to cause trouble. He wants to upset people like us.”
Accusing Russia of spreading violence, Johnson said: “One of the problems is Russia is so good at spreading violence.” He added: “They’re brilliant at it. We need to identify it and call it out.”
“China is a Rival”
The UK foreign secretary believes that China is a rival country. He said: “China is a rival, but China is a rival whose growth and whose incredible developing power can be used to our advantage.”
He added: “We need to engage with China diplomatically, treat China as our friend and our partner, but also recognize that they are our commercial rivals. And they will try to stiff us.”
Johnson also made prophecies that Chinese technology companies are due to emerge as the world’s most powerful. He said: “The Americans have run the tech world for decades. Microsoft, Google, Apple, blah, blah, blah — we’re used to them winning. No, no, no. The Chinese are about to win.
“They’ve got 5G. They’ve found out a way. Everybody’s going to be getting stuff on their gizmos through the Chinese system and not the American system. So, watch out for that one.”
Johnson would “Love to Visit North Korea”
The UK foreign secretary believes the United Kingdom has influence in North Korea and he would love to visit Pyongyang.
Johnson said his country will help the U.S. in the denuclearization of Korean Peninsula. He said: “we’ve got to help the Americans do this thing… I just talked to Mike Pompeo, my counterpart in the US State Department.
“What they want us to do is to use our nuclear expertise to dismantle Kim Jong Un’s nuclear missile. That’s what he asked me to do today.”