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Boris Johnson ‘criticised by Sikh woman’ during temple visit

Foreign Secretary wants to see free trade between the United Kingdom and India.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited a Sikh temple in Bristol (Rick Findler/PA)

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited a Sikh temple in Bristol (Rick Findler/PA)

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited a Sikh temple in Bristol (Rick Findler/PA)

Boris Johnson has reportedly been admonished by a Sikh woman after discussing the export of Scotch whisky during a visit to a temple.

The Foreign Secretary used alcohol as an example of the benefits of a trade deal between the UK and India during a Conservative Party visit to the temple in Bristol.

Some Sikh teachings consider alcohol to be prohibited.

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Boris Johnson is an advocate of free trade between the UK and India (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Boris Johnson is an advocate of free trade between the UK and India (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Boris Johnson is an advocate of free trade between the UK and India (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

A BBC reporter attending the event at the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in St George reported that the unnamed Sikh woman told Mr Johnson she had experienced alcohol problems in her family.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “He was simply making the point that a free trade deal with, for example, India could be huge for both sides.

“He pointed out that in India billions of litres of whisky are consumed every year but there is a 120% (customs duty) on imports of Scotch whisky and wouldn’t it be great if we could have free trade.”

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