British Prime Minister Boris Johnson compared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in 2016.
He argued that both examples showed countries’ willingness to fight for their freedom.
“I know that the instinct of the people in this country, like in Ukraine, is to choose freedom every time,” Johnson said called at the Conservative Party Conference Saturday.
“When Brits voted for Brexit in such large numbers, I don’t think they were remotely hostile to foreigners,” he said. “That’s because they wanted the freedom to do things differently and that this country should be able to govern itself.”
Johnson reiterated Britain’s support for the Ukrainian people in their fight against Russian aggression. He said the economic sanctions imposed on Russia had “a cost” but “the cost of doing nothing would be much, much higher”.
The Prime Minister also said: “It is the invincible strength of this country that we believe, by and large, and within the law, people should be free to do whatever they want, provided they do no harm. That’s called freedom.”
The Prime Minister hinted that the UK’s freedom would appeal to people escaping war in Ukraine or political repression in Russia. “We just want to be free, and that’s why talented people are fleeing Russia right now,” he said.
“This is Putin’s tragedy. In a way, his disastrous mistake in Ukraine is itself an argument for democracy and freedom.”
https://www.politico.eu/article/boris-johnson-ukraine-war-brexit-battle/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication Boris Johnson compares Ukraine war to Brexit battles - POLITICO