Brexit Champion Boris Johnson Tapped as UK's New Foreign Minister

by Abel Hampton July 16, 2016, 14:50

And those are just his recent gaffes.

"We will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you", May said.

Davis argued that certainty and free trade negotiations would stabilise markets but that "a little time" should be taken before triggering Article 50.

Elsewhere the world's media have sifted Mr Johnson's journalistic back catalogue for undiplomatic comments. "Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President's ancestral dislike of the British empire - of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender".

Leaving the European Union "does not mean leaving Europe", Britain's new foreign minister and leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said Thursday.

Germany's influential Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, however, signaled a willingness to forget past statements by Johnson. Pushkov said that he hoped Johnson would not have the same "anti-Russian" views.

Some of his wounds seem self-inflicted. "During the campaign he lied a lot to the British people..."

He "won" - but the sexually oriented limerick was not well received in Turkey, a strategically important, predominantly Muslim ally. He has criticized British spies' snooping powers for being too intrusive.

Stood outside the door of her new home at No 10, May said that the decisions of her administration would be driven not by the interests of "the privileged few" but those of voters struggling with the pressures of modern life.

The pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper described Johnson as known for "his anti-Turkey and eurosceptic stance as the mayor of London" and said his appointment "raises questions about the future of Britain's global relations".

His appointment was met with dismay across Europe's political class, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault accusing him of lying during the European Union referendum campaign.

Ms May named David Davis, a pro-Brexit former Conservative Party leader, to a special ministerial role for that objective.

Not much information has emerged about the new Brexit department, except that May has ordered civil servants to find a building for the new department. It is not clear if he will try to fit the traditional mold of Britain foreign secretary or retain his capricious approach to diplomatic niceties.

However Lib Dem leader Tim Farron predicted Johnson would "spend more time apologizing to nations he's offended" than working as foreign secretary.

That may be a stretch for Johnson.

"It is something I always knew, but as prime minister you see it so directly that it blows you away".


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