Boris Johnson heavily criticised over “suicide vest” Brexit comments
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has received criticism from two senior Conservative MPs for comparing Theresa May’s Brexit plan to “a suicide vest”
In a column for the Mail on Sunday, Boris Johnson attacked the Prime Minister’s Chequers deal, saying it left the UK open to "perpetual political blackmail".
Johnson resigned as foreign secretary in July over the agreement, so his criticism of May is not unexpected. What has received considerable scorn, however, is the language he used.
In the column, he says that the Chequers deal has “wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution”, and “handed the detonator” to Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.
His remarks have been condemned by several Conservative MPs.
Former Army officer and member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Tom Tugendhat said Johnson’s comments were not the sort of thing to joke about – Tugendhat had seen the horrors caused by suicide bombing first hand, after an attack happened outside his office in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
“The carnage was disgusting, limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes,” Tugendhat described in an impassioned tweet. “Brave men who stopped him killing me and others died In horrific pain”.
“Some need to grow up. Comparing the PM to that isn’t funny”.
A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand. The carnage was disgusting, limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes. Brave men who stopped him killing me and others died In horrific pain. Some need to grow up. Comparing the PM to that isn’t funny. https://t.co/IeRWhmhgS9
— Tom Tugendhat (@TomTugendhat) September 8, 2018
Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan said the column was “too much”, and felt that it “marks one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics”.
He adds: “I’m sorry, but this is the political end of Boris Johnson. If it isn’t now, I will make sure it is later”.
For Boris to say that the PM’s view is like that of a suicide bomber is too much. This marks one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics. I’m sorry, but this is the political end of Boris Johnson. If it isn’t now, I will make sure it is later. #neverfittogovern https://t.co/rdI0FWQhbi
— Sir Alan Duncan (@SirAlanDuncan) September 8, 2018