In a speech to the Conservative Party’s spring convention, the Prime Minister stated Britons, like Ukrainians, had the intuition “to choose freedom” and that the 2016 referendum vote to depart the EU was a “recent example”. Mr Johnson stated: “I know that it’s the instinct of the people of this country, like the people of Ukraine, to choose freedom, every time. I can give you a couple of famous recent examples.
“When the British folks voted for Brexit in such massive, massive numbers, I do not consider it was as a result of they have been remotely hostile to foreigners.
“It’s because they wanted to be free to do things differently and for this country to be able to run itself.”
Mr Johnson’s comparability of the combat of Ukrainians towards Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion has been broadly condemned from all sides of the political spectrum.
Former president of the European Council Donald Tusk stated the Prime Minister’s feedback “offend Ukrainians, the British and common sense”.
Mr Tusk additionally referenced the “enthusiasm” of President Vladimir Putin following the results of the 2016 referendum, when Britons voted to depart the EU.
He tweeted: “Boris Johnson likens Ukrainians’ combat to British folks voting for Brexit. I can nonetheless keep in mind the passion of Putin and Trump after the referendum.”
Putin was one of many few world leaders to applaud Brexit together with former president of the United States Donald Trump.
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