Boris Johnson Criticised for False Claims on Turkey

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has been criticised following claims he made this week that he didn’t mention Turkey during the Brexit referendum. Answering a question from a journalist, Johnson said:

“I didn’t say anything about Turkey in the referendum campaign. I didn’t say a thing about Turkey”.

He then added:

“Since I made no remarks, I can’t disown them”.

When a journalist queried this Johnson replied:

“I didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate”.

The  BBC fact check team said in a post:

“Boris Johnson talked about the issue of Turkey joining the EU several times in the lead-up to 23 June 2016 and was co-signatory of a letter to the prime minister warning about Turkish membership a week before the vote”.

Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, said on Twitter:

“Earlier today, Boris Johnson claimed that he never spoke about Turkey during the 2016 referendum. It’s yet another lie he’s been caught out on. Don’t let him get away with lying again”.