Foreign dignitaries react to Boris Johnson’s resignation
Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said they “will miss Boris”, while a Caribbean official said “good riddance” to the minister.
Australia’s foreign minister was among the first international diplomats to react to Boris Johnson’s resignation.
Julie Bishop paid tribute to the former foreign secretary, saying “we will miss Boris”, however she also called for “stability and certainty” from the British Government.
Meeting the worst Foreign Secretary we’ve ever had amongst the destruction of Hurricane Irma in Anguilla. Disinterested and out of his depth he cared nothing for our situation. Good riddance pic.twitter.com/udzzpoZ7OW— John McKendrick QC (@JohnMQC) July 9, 2018
Meanwhile an official on the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla welcomed Mr Johnson’s departure, tweeting: “Good riddance.”
Ms Bishop discussed the resignation and its possible impact on relations between Australia and Britain during a press conference in Canberra on Tuesday.
“I developed a very close personal rapport with him, we worked closely together on many regional and global challenges and developed a strong friendship,” she said.
“What Australia wants to see is stability and certainty and we want to continue working with the UK Government on matters of concern to us and that includes a free trade agreement when the time is appropriate.”
Ms Bishop sidestepped a question on whether Theresa May’s “softer” Brexit approach that led to Mr Johnson’s resignation could make a free trade agreement with Australia unworkable.
She said: “It’s very early days. We are obviously watching the matter very closely, but we hope to be in a position to negotiate a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom after they’ve exited from the European Union.”
Ms Bishop declined to comment when asked if she thought Mr Johnson would be a good prime minister.
Mr Johnson had been due to meet a number of foreign ministers from western Balkan nations in London on Monday.
Kosovan foreign minister Behgjet Pacolli, who still attended the summit, thanked Mr Johnson for his “great help” in building relations between the countries.
“Thank you @BorisJohnson for your great help given to #Kosovo integration in the wider international community and the strengthening of Kosovo-GB relations,” he said on Twitter.
Warmest congrats & Godspeed to the Rt Hon @Jeremy_Hunt on worthy appointment as Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs @foreignoffice. Looking forward to #Cyprus🇨🇾🇪🇺 #UK🇬🇧co-op for the common good. Thx to @BorisJohnson for most wonderful result oriented co-op— Euripides Evriviades 🇨🇾🇪🇺 (@eevriviades) July 9, 2018
Meanwhile Euripides Evriviades, Cyprus’s high commissioner in London, thanked Mr Johnson on Twitter for the “most wonderful result oriented co-op”.
News of Mr Johnson’s departure was less regretfully received by John McKendrick QC, the attorney-general of Anguilla in the Caribbean.
The official shared an image of himself with Mr Johnson taken when the foreign secretary visited the British Overseas Territory in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in September.
Mr McKendrick commented: “Meeting the worst Foreign Secretary we’ve ever had amongst the destruction of Hurricane Irma in Anguilla.
“Disinterested and out of his depth he cared nothing for our situation. Good riddance”
Mr McKendrick ran for Labour and lost in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and the 2010 general election.