About: Boris Johnson

Brexit 11-06-2018

Johnson and Davis isolated as key Brexit Tory MPs opt for pragmatism

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Brexit plebiscite, nothing but nothing is clear on what the UK government’s policy is, still less on what the official opposition’s policy is. All the enthusiasm for Brexit has disappeared from political life in Britain, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 08-06-2018

Brace for possible ‘Brexit meltdown’ but don’t panic, Boris Johnson caught as saying

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson warned there could be a Brexit meltdown but it will be "all right in the end" and said that US President Trump would take a tougher stance were he leading the talks, according to BuzzFeed.
Politics 25-05-2018

Yerevan calling? UK’s Johnson discusses Russia with hoax caller

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talked international relations and rude poetry with a hoax caller who pretended to be the Armenian prime minister in a new gaffe by one of Britain’s most prominent politicians.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

Europe offers no guarantees but vows to keep Iran deal alive

European powers vowed to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive without the United States by trying to keep Iran's oil and investment flowing, but admitted they would struggle to provide the guarantees Tehran seeks.

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
Global Europe 04-04-2018

Putin hopes chemical watchdog meeting can resolve nerve agent row

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (3 April) he hoped a planned meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog would help defuse a major diplomatic row triggered by the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England.
Global Europe 19-03-2018

EU takes UK allegations on Russia spy poisoning ‘extremely seriously’

EU foreign ministers today (19 March) strongly condemned the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain and said they took "extremely seriously" London's assessment that Moscow is to blame for the attack.
Politics 19-03-2018

Chemical weapons experts head to Britain in Russia spy case

International chemical weapons experts were due to arrive in Britain today (19 March) to collect samples of a nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy as London accused Moscow of stockpiling the toxin used in the attack.
Brexit 13-03-2018

Global Britain – a slogan without substance?

‘Global Britain’ has been one of the most popular slogans used by UK ministers, led by Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. What it actually means in practice is far from clear.
Brexit 28-02-2018

New Boris Johnson comments on post-Brexit Irish border cause stir

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has reportedly cast doubt on maintaining no border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, in a letter written to Prime Minister Theresa May leaked yesterday (27 February).
Enlargement 16-02-2018

Two cheers for Balkan Boris

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has come in for plenty of criticism in his 19 months in post. But there is one area of foreign policy where he has been faultless and where indeed Britain can play a leading role in shaping Europe’s future direction of travel, explains Denis MacShane.
Brexit 14-02-2018

Boris Johnson seeks to reassure UK Europhiles in Brexit relaunch

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will on Wednesday attempt to heal divisions between UK Europhiles and those backing his own pro-Brexit stance, kick-starting a series of high-profile speeches by Theresa May's ministers on leaving the EU.
05-01-2018

Former Labour secretary urges Corbyn to call for a second Brexit referendum

Lord Andrew Adonis has urged UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to call for a second referendum so the British public can have their say on the final Brexit deal. 
Brexit 08-12-2017

Tories sleepwalk towards soft Brexit

The UK government was deluded when it thought reaching a deal would be easy. It is deluded now in underestimating the concession it has made, writes Conor Quinn.
Brexit 16-10-2017

May and Corbyn now say yes to Europe – sort of

So now we know that the main party leaders in Britain would vote to stay in the EU if there was a second referendum - hence the growing attacks on the government from those in the Brexit camp, writes Denis MacShane.
Brexit 09-10-2017

Brussels alarmed by UK leadership crisis as Brexit talks resume

Brexit negotiations enter a critical round on Monday (9 October) with British Prime Minister Theresa May saying the ball is in the EU's court, but the bloc fearing her domestic political woes threaten the talks.
Brexit 04-10-2017

Prankster, coughing fits mar Theresa May’s speech to activists

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to reassert her dwindling authority was marred on Wednesday (4 October) by a calamitous keynote speech interrupted by repeated coughing fits, a prankster and even letters of her slogan falling off the stage.
Brexit 18-09-2017

Boris Johnson accused of Brexit ‘backseat driving’

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson was accused by cabinet colleagues on Sunday (17 September) of "backseat driving" on Brexit after setting out his own vision of the country's future outside the European Union.
Brexit 16-05-2017

Mogherini sees way past UK spat over military HQ

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday (15 May) she was confident of making progress on the bloc's defence ambitions and did not expect a Brexit-bound Britain to stand in the way.
Brexit 15-05-2017

Boris Johnson claims EU will try and ‘bleed UK white’ with Brexit bill

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson insists that the European Union could end up paying a Brexit bill to Britain instead of the other way round. He also warned that Brussels will "play dirty" in the negotiations.
Global Europe 26-04-2017

Netanyahu snubs German foreign minister in NGO row

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled talks on Tuesday (25 April) with Germany's foreign minister in a rare move after the visiting diplomat declined to call off meetings with rights groups critical of Israel's government.
Development Policy 06-04-2017

Donors pledge billions at Syria aid conference, NGOs say too little

International donors yesterday (5 April) pledged $6.0 billion in aid for Syria this year at a conference overshadowed by a deadly chemical attack blamed by the West on Damascus.
Global Europe 05-04-2017

Syria conference: Patience runs out for symbolic politics

Representatives from 70 countries and organisations at the Brussels Syria donor conference called for lessons to be learned from a chemical weapons attack that left scores dead. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.