Vince Cable: Boris Johnson tried to give teetotal Indians whiskey - how can he understand Brexit?

Cable ridiculed Johnson during the SunTalks debate

Vince Cable was a key part of last night's debate

Friday, June 2, 2017

Lib Dem grandee Vince Cable said leaving the Customs Union is utter folly and Boris Johnson has no understanding of manufacturing, as proved by his recent attempt to persuade teetotal Indians to buy more whisky.

He made the comments at the SunTalks debate last night (June 1) alongside the Conservatives' Boris Johnson, Labour's Emily Thornberry and the Liberal Democrats' Vince Cable.

In his ridicule of Johnson, Cable referred to the foreign secretary's recent visit to a Sikh temple in Bristol, when he extolled the benefits of whiskey to the audience and was roundly abused for doing so.

Cable said: "Leaving the customs union is utter folly, it's absolute folly, it shows no understanding whatever of the way modern manufacturing operates and supply chains.

"Boris has got experience of trying to do trade deals, [as proved by his] trying to persuade teetotal Indians to buy more whisky."

This was met with laughter and cheers from the audience.

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