Boris Johnson didn’t examine the Ukraine warfare to Brexit, a senior cupboard minister has mentioned – claiming that “regular individuals” would select to interpret his controversial feedback in a different way.
Well being secretary Sajid Javid mentioned criticism of the prime minister’s remarks was “spurious”, arguing that his Conservative spring convention speech had been taken out of context.
Mr Johnson mentioned it was the “intuition of the individuals of this nation, just like the individuals of Ukraine, to decide on freedom each time” – earlier than saying individuals voted for Brexit so the UK may “run itself”.
However Mr Javid claimed the PM had been speaking about common “self-determination” however had not made a comparability between the Brexit vote and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The minister advised Sky Information: “I feel it’s spurious to say he was connecting, someway, UK and Ukraine in that means – most traditional individuals wouldn’t have drawn that conclusion.”
Mr Javid added: “What I heard from the prime minister was the … principally the need for self-determination in everybody, it doesn’t matter what nation they’re in, it doesn’t matter what their circumstance, is powerful. I don’t suppose, in any means, he was connecting the conditions in Ukraine and the UK.”
The well being secretary additionally defended Mr Johnson’s feedback on BBC Breakfast, insisting it was “not the case” that the PM had not in contrast Ukraine’s battle in opposition to Russia to Brexiteers’ wrestle in opposition to the EU.
Mr Javid added: “In relation to Boris Johnson and Ukraine, it’s arduous to seek out any world chief that’s achieved extra to assist Ukraine presently.”
Mr Johnson’s feedback in a speech to the Tory spring convention has sparked fury, with one European statesman branding it “disgraceful”.
Former European Council president Donald Tusk mentioned: “I can nonetheless keep in mind the passion of Putin and Trump after the referendum. Boris, your phrases offend Ukrainians, the British and customary sense.”
Labour has referred to as on Mr Johnson to apologise for his “crass” remarks on the Tory spring convention in Blackpool.
Rachel Reeves, Labour’s shadow chancellor, advised Sky Information: “It’s completely distasteful and insulting to check the battle for freedom in opposition to the aggression of the Russian state to the choice to depart the EU.”
Mr Johnson is claimed to remorse his remarks about Brexit and “freedom” on the Tory convention. One supply near him advised The Instances: “It sounded higher written down than it did when spoken.”
In a clumsy change on Sky Information’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, chancellor Rishi Sunak distanced himself from the remarks and declined to repeat the parallel made by the prime minister.
“I don’t suppose these two conditions are immediately analogous,” mentioned Mr Sunak. “Clearly they don’t seem to be immediately analogous and I don’t suppose the prime minister was saying they’re immediately analogous.”