Boris Johnson has maintained that he had no intention of comparing Ukraine’s resistance to Brexit, but does not regret the speech in which he appeared to do so.
Downing Street admitted this morning that there was “no direct comparison” between the fight against the Russian invasion and the British referendum to leave the EU.
After Rishi Sunak distanced himself from the comments, Johnson’s spokesman said: “As the Chancellor said, they are not directly analogous. [The prime minister] observations about people’s desire for freedom.”
The prime minister’s spokesman emphasized that Johnson did not regret his speech to the conservative spring conference over the weekend, in which he said it was “the instinct of the people of this country, like the people of Ukraine, to choose