The government must start telling it how it is, and not look like they're only looking to find good Brexit deals with other countries, says The Times' diplomatic editor.
Roger Boyes told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the "timing is not good" for the comments but that "governments need to stop acting in a bubble and go out there and tell it how it is."
Boyes thinks that the Saudis are not "falling off their chairs when Boris says things like this."
But the government distancing themselves from the comments looks like "we’re kowtowing to people who are going to be big customers for us after Brexit."
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