Boris Johnson during the EU conference on Syria in Brussels, Belgium [Image: Depo Photos/REX/Shutterstock].

Who could possibly argue with this?

Labour has called Boris Johnson a liability for the UK who “undermines our credibility” after the foreign secretary failed to gain the backing of fellow G7 foreign ministers to penalise Russia and Syria over last week’s chemical weapons attack.

Downing Street had insisted Theresa May fully backs Johnson after the 30-page communique from the two-day G7 summit in Italy failed to make any mention of Johnson’s proposal of imposing sanctions on key military personnel.

A No 10 source said the prime minister was pleased with the clear signal from the summit that the Bashar al-Assad regime could not be part of the political future of Syria – a point repeatedly made in the past by David Cameron – and its push for a formal investigation into the attack.

But speaking on Wednesday, Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said Johnson had erred in cancelling at the last minute a planned trip to Moscow to see his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, and instead focusing on the G7 meeting.

McDonnell argued that May, who is on a walking holiday in Wales, should have considered taking full charge of the situation.

“I don’t begrudge anyone a break every now and again, but you’ve got to either recognise the seriousness of the situation and put your full attention to it – and I think that’s what the prime minister should be doing – or you’ve got to have confidence in the person that you send out to deal with the situation,” he said.

“What we’ve got at the moment is neither a prime minister properly engaged nor someone who anybody, even on Tory backbenches and, from what we understand, even the government’s own cabinet, has confidence in, with regard to Boris Johnson. I think we’re in the worst of all worlds as a result.”

Source: Boris Johnson is a liability for Britain, says John McDonnell | Politics | The Guardian

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