Boris Johnson: 'The government must start telling how it is', says diplomatic editor

Boris Johnson: 'The government must start telling how it is', says diplomatic editor

Johnson claimed Saudi Arabia are puppeteers in Middle East proxy wars

Friday, December 9, 2016

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.

Boris Johnson claimed Saudi Arabia are abusing Islam and are puppeteers in Middle East proxy wars. The government have suggested Johnson's view does not reflect their own.

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."

Listen to the full interview to find out more