Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson in New York City
Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality British
Citizenship United Kingdom,  United States
Alma mater Balliol College (Oxford)
Religion Anglicanism
Children 5
Spouse Allegra Mostyn-Owen
Member of Bullingdon Club
Party Conservative

Employment.png Mayor of London Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
4 May 2008 - 8 May 2016
Preceded by Ken Livingstone

Employment.png Shadow Minister for Higher Education

In office
6 December 2005 - 16 July 2007

Employment.png Shadow Minister for the Arts

In office
14 April 2004 - 17 November 2004

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Henley

In office
9 June 2001 - 4 June 2008

Boris Johnson is an establishment politician and member of the Bullingdon Club[1] who has been termed "a known liar and bounder".[2] He was the leading contender to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister by the time of the Conservative party conference in October 2016.[3]

Instead, Theresa May became PM on 13 July 2016 and appointed Boris Johnson to be Foreign Secretary in her new government.[4]

October Surprise

On 24 June 2016, as the results of the EU Referendum vote were announced, Mike Small on Bella Caledonia wrote:

While the Brexit campaign can be seen as an orgy of opportunism for Boris Johnson, he seems the most likely to succeed in the race for the ‘top prize’. This is how the media have been framing the political debate for months.
Good luck to him, he will inherit a disunited kingdom, with immigration centre-stage, an ongoing austerity agenda, a pile of debt presided over by George Osborne, and a shambles of international relations not seen since Suez. His party is bitter and divided and he faces a constitutional crisis on two fronts.
Yesterday Cathal Foley wrote[5] that Brexit could lead to a United Ireland, an Independent Scotland, and a Little England. This morning that looks more likely than ever.[6]

Bombing Syria

On 27 April 2017, Boris Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that Britain's RAF would be prepared to launch military strikes against Syria in breach of international law and without parliamentary approval, if asked to do so by Donald Trump:

“If the Americans were once again forced by the actions of the Assad regime ... and they asked us to help, it would be very difficult to say ‘no,” Boris said.[7]

On 26 June 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:

"The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack.
"As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, followed up by tweeting:

"Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people."[8]

On 27 June 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists:

“We heard about this statement. We don’t know what it’s based on. And, of course, we strongly disagree with the wording ‘another attack,’ because, as you know, despite all the demands of the Russian side, there was no independent international investigation of the previous tragedy with the use of chemical weapons. We do not believe it is possible to rest the responsibility on the Syrian armed forces.
“Without carrying out an investigation it is impossible, illegitimate and absolutely wrong, in regards to achieving the final goals on Syrian reconciliation, to put the blame on Assad. Of course, we consider unacceptable any such threats to the legitimate government of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Peskov stated.[9]


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