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Boris Johnson in one of his more sane moments.

Boris Johnson appears to be living in a fantasy world in which the UK is still fighting World War II against ‘ze Germans’.

His resurrection of Second World War imagery in response to a comment by French President Francois Hollande was not only inappropriate; it was offensive.

And he did it deliberately, to get a rise out of our EU colleagues and comrades – only a day after Theresa May warned all her cabinet ministers against “any stray word” that could make securing a Brexit deal more difficult.

Downing Street’s defence of his outburst is risible. A spokeswoman said he had not likened Hollande to a Nazi – but nobody had suggested he had.

The claim that he was only “making a theatrical comparison to some of those evocative WWII movies” misses the point – it is exactly that comparison that caused the offence.

With Johnson as Foreign Secretary, the UK must prepare for the hardEST Brexit. EU nations will not tolerate deliberate offence.

Boris Johnson has warned EU leaders not to give the UK “punishment beatings” for Brexit “in the manner of some World War Two movie”.

The foreign secretary said penalising “escape” was “not in the interests of our friends and our partners”.

Source: Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against ‘punishment beatings’ – BBC News

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