Boris Johnson dismisses ‘offensive’ language charge – POLITICO

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Boris Johnson listens to a question during the launch of his leadership campaign in London on June 12, 2019 | Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The former foreign secretary and leadership hopeful predicted ‘a sense of duty’ would mean MPs would not block a no-deal Brexit.

Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson vowed to continue to “speak directly” to voters in a robust response to the charge that he has regularly used careless and offensive language.

Speaking at a launch event for his campaign in London, the former foreign secretary was challenged over an article in which he compared Theresa May’s Brexit deal to a “suicide vest” and another in which he drew parallels between Muslim women and “bank robbers” or “letter boxes.”

“Occasionally some plaster comes off the ceiling as a result of a phrase I might have used,” he said in response to a question from Sky journalist Beth Rigby, who was booed by Johnson supporters.

But Johnson vowed to continue with his straight-talking style. “I will continue to speak as directly as I can because that is what I think the British public want to hear,” he said, adding that voters were sick of politicians “muffling and veiling our language; not speaking as we find; covering everything up in…



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