Boris Johnson condemned for ‘insulting’ speech on Brexit
The Foreign Secretary did not refer to Ireland during his remarks, angering an Irish politician.
A senior Irish politician has hit out at Boris Johnson after he failed to mention Ireland in a key Brexit speech.
Fianna Fail TD Stephen Donnelly slammed the Foreign Secretary for speaking about stag parties and the eye-popping activities of those living abroad but did not address the pressing issue of the border in his “road to Brexit” speech in London last week.
He said: “It was an extraordinary speech. It was insulting. It was reckless.”
Boris Johnson gave a 4,600 word national address on #Brexit today. He didn't mention Ireland, or Northern Ireland, once. He did talk of stag parties in ancient cities and eye-popping activities by British citizens in Thailand. Insulting, reckless behaviour.— Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) February 14, 2018
Mr Johnson was speaking at the Policy Exchange think tank in London on Wednesday.
He urged people to unite around Brexit, adding the UK’s departure from the EU should not be seen as a great V sign from the cliffs of Dover.
However, Mr Donnelly told RTE’s The Week In Politics programme: “In his 4,600 word speech he never mentioned Ireland. He never mentioned Northern Ireland. He never mentioned the border.”
The Wicklow representative claimed the speech was more about internal Conservative party rivalry than resolving potential difficulties posed by Brexit.
“The Tory Party is not really negotiating with the EU at the minute. The Tory party is negotiating with itself. It would appear that the big Brexit beasts, the likes of Johnson and others are positioning themselves,” Mr Donnelly added.