Boris Johnson warns voters Jeremy Corbyn is a ‘national security risk’ who will bow down to Britain’s enemies – The Sun

BORIS Johnson today warns voters that Jeremy Corbyn is a security risk who will bow down to Britain’s enemies.

He says the Labour leader’s long history of siding with the IRA, Palestinian terrorists and the Kremlin makes him a terrifying prospect as PM.


Mr Johnson, in an exclusive interview with The Sun, said: “Every time he has the chance, he sides with our enemies. “He spent the long years of the Cold War basically on the other side.”

The PM’s broadside, which coincides with the start of a two day Nato summit in London, is his most personal attack yet on Mr Corbyn.

He said the UK’s closest allies, including America, have already said the prospect of Mr Corbyn in No10 makes them “very anxious” because he cannot be trusted with secret intelligence.

Mr Johnson also revealed his concern that as the election campaign enters the home straight voters are “losing focus” on the stark choice they face on December 12.

With opinion polls starting to narrow and Labour making up ground on the Tories, Boris called on the public to concentrate again on this election’s key issue — the Brexit crisis.

He said: “At the moment I just really worry that people aren’t focusing on the real political crisis and the reason why we had to do this thing.

“With 10 days to go, I want people to start really getting back and focusing on the reality of where we are. The choice at this election is so critical. This is the most critical election of modern times.”

Mr Johnson stressed that the political crisis and Parliamentary stalemate over Brexit can only be ended by a clear Tory majority.

'MOST CRITICAL ELECTION'

Boris said he believed the Tories' poll lead had began to narrow as the six week campaign took its toll — and voters started to forget about the nightmare Brexit logjam.

He said: “I think what has happened in the course of the campaign is it has gone through various phases and people have slightly lost their focus on the political crisis that we face.

“Unless we get this thing done, unless we get Brexit done, this country cannot move forward.

“And I think maybe we need to bring that back. People need to focus on the reality that Corbyn in alliance with Nicola Sturgeon would represent an absolutely catastrophic choice for this country.

"Not only for the economic reasons, but because of the political chaos that would ensue next year.”

The PM hosts a summit of NATO’s 29 leaders today and tomorrow — with attendees including President Trump, Germany’s Angela Merkel, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Formal proceedings will begin at Buckingham Palace tonight with a reception hosted by the Queen.

Mr Johnson said the gathering brought Mr Corbyn’s attitude to Nato into sharp relief. He added: “Nato is an organisation that Corbyn has said he wants to disband. I am a proud believer in the Transatlantic Alliance, the alliance between the UK and America.


“In 70 years it has proved it is absolutely vital for our collective security. I think you have to stick up for this country and defend it. You have to take a stand and you have to stick up for British values.

“I don’t think it is to be strong to want to disband Nato, to want to scrap MI5, which is the agency that keeps us safe — and to kow-tow to people who mean us harm. That is a huge, huge mistake.”

Boris said there was a real risk that our allies would not share intelligence with us if a Corbyn-led administration governed the UK.

He said the governments of the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — the four nations in the so called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing agreement with Britain — had already expressed their fears.

The Prime Minister added: “A lot of our allies, particularly the Five Eyes, are very anxious about any future collaboration. It is absolutely not a Tory scare story. They have said precisely this.”

Mr Corbyn was lambasted last year after it emerged he laid a wreath in Tunisia to commemorate the Palestinian terrorists who massacred 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

And he was heavily criticised for his weak reaction after Kremlin agents used a nerve agent to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March 2018.

Boris cited the Salisbury attack as a key example of Mr Corbyn’s weaknesses. He said: “He is naïve about the threat that terrorists pose to us. He is naïve about Russia.

'NAIVE ABOUT RUSSIA'

“Look what happened with the Skripal case. I was Foreign Secretary and I had been organising this global expulsion of spies in response to what Russia had done.

“Twenty-eight countries around the world stood shoulder to shoulder with Britain in deciding that they wanted to back us.

“Then this guy stood up and all he could ask the Prime Minister was had she complied with Russia's demands to send them some samples of the poison.

“His priorities and his view of our country was completely at odds with what is necessary for keeping us safe.

“Putin basically believes that the unravelling of the Soviet Union and the unbundling of the Russian sphere of influence was the biggest disaster of the 20th century.

“He wants to reclaim the Russian sphere of influence and effectively rebuild the Soviet Union by any other means and using corrupt and illegal tactics to get their way. “You cannot be naïve about Russia.

"The choice is stark. It is our country's future at stake and our security”. Mr Johnson said the Labour leader simply refused to “dumb down” his strict socialist ideology and accept the world as it is.

He said: “People like Ken Livingstone came from the same sort of tradition. But Livingstone made an accommodation with capitalism, with the market and he saw you needed to make it work, even as a socialist.”


Mr Johnson said Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell still cannot grasp those realities.

He added: “Corbyn and McDonnell have made no such accommodation. They remain very, very far out there and opposed to all the things that make the economy work.”

Mr Johnson also rubbished the extraordinary giveways Mr Corbyn is offering voters — from student tuition fees to broadband and old age care — as fantasy politics.

He added: “He won’t be able to deliver any of it because he cannot get Brexit done. He will have absolute chaos in Parliament. He will spend his time wrapped up in his nonsensical deal.

“The level of national outrage when people have to go through this thing would be immense. I mean, what an appalling waste of people's time.”

The PM urged those who have become bored with the long election campaign not to stay at home on December 12. He said: “They have to come out and vote.

“They have to come out and vote to save the independence of this country because otherwise Brexit simply won’t get done.

"They have got to come out and vote to stop chaos and confusion in parliament next year.

'CANNOT GET BREXIT DONE'

“They have got to come out and vote to stop Labour taking a sledgehammer to the economic fundamentals of this country.

“And they have got to come out and vote for a brighter future and a new golden age if we can get this thing done.”

Mr Johnson now faces not only the climax of the election campaign — but a crucial 24 hour battle to bring Nato’s feuding members’ together.

He said President Macron had been wrong last week when he controversially referred to the 70-year-old alliance as “brain dead.”

But he agreed with the French leader that Nato does need reform. Mr Johnson said: “I think that some of the points that Emmanuel was making were valid.

“They need investigating. That is why we are going to have a committee to look at the future of Nato and we are doing our own very big security defence review.”

The PM will meet with Macron and Merkel to discuss Syria ahead of the summit’s opening.

They will try to put pressure on President Erdogan to pull Turkish troops out of the Kurdish-controlled area of Syria.


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