World Bulletin / News Desk
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been caught on tape predicting a "meltdown" in Brexit talks and musing admiringly how US President Donald Trump might handle them.
"You've got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK?" he told Conservative activists earlier this week, according to a secret recording leaked to BuzzFeed News.
"I don't want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It's going to be all right in the end."
He added, according to further quotes revealed in The Times: "Take the fight to the enemy -- absolutely right. We need to -- and we will."
Johnson, Britain's chief diplomat, also said he was "increasingly admiring of Donald Trump".
"I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness," he said.
"Imagine Trump doing Brexit.
"He'd go in bloody hard... There'd be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos," Johnson continued.
"Everyone would think he'd gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It's a very, very good thought."
The leading Brexiteer talked about divisions within the British government, saying that Brexit "will happen, and I think it will be irreversible, but... the risk is that it will not be the one we want".
He said the establishment was seeking to ensure that Brexit "does as little change as possible", with "the risk is that you will end up in an anteroom of the EU, locked in orbit around the EU".
Johnson also played down concerns about the risk of new checks on the border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, which threaten to hold up talks on the future trading relationship.
"It's so small and there are so few firms that actually use that border regularly, it's just beyond belief that we're allowing the tail to wag the dog in this way," he said.
"We're allowing the whole of our agenda to be dictated by this folly."Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Haziran 2018, 11:52