Boris Johnson says Corbyn is muddle headed on terror

6 Jun

Boris Johnson today accused Jeremy Corbyn of being ‘soft and muddled-headed on terror’ and said he cannot be trusted in No 10.

The Foreign Secretary tore into the Labour leader and said the thought of him as Prime Minister makes him ‘shudder’.

And he warned the left-winger would be ‘eaten for breakfast’ by negotiators in Brussels if he had to steer through Brexit. 

He savaged Mr Corbyn as a new poll put the two main parties neck and neck with the election just two days away.

As the campaign enters its dramatic closing stages, the focus has been thrown onto the national security after Britain was struck by two terror attacks in a fortnight. 

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Foriegn Secretary Boris Johnson, pictured in Country Durham today, said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is soft and muddle-headed on terrorism

Foriegn Secretary Boris Johnson, pictured in Country Durham today, said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is soft and muddle-headed on terrorism

Foriegn Secretary Boris Johnson, pictured in Country Durham today, said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is soft and muddle-headed on terrorism

Mr Johnson, pictured delivering his speech at the campaign rally in County Durham, said Mr Corbyn and his close ally Diane Abbott are  soft on terror

Mr Johnson, pictured delivering his speech at the campaign rally in County Durham, said Mr Corbyn and his close ally Diane Abbott are  soft on terror

Mr Johnson, pictured delivering his speech at the campaign rally in County Durham, said Mr Corbyn and his close ally Diane Abbott are  soft on terror

In the latest attack, three terrorists killed seven people and injured dozens more when they ploughed their white van int pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday night before leaping out and stabbing passers-by.

Speaking in County Durham today, Mr Johnson tore into Mr Corbyn and his ally Diane Abbott over their stance on tackling terrorism.

He said: ‘For 30 years [Corbyn] has been soft and muddle-headed on terror, he has been soft and muddle-headed on defence, he has taken the side of just about every adversary this country has had in my lifetime. 

‘From the IRA to Hamas, from soviet communism to General Galtieri, for heaven’s sake.’

Mr Johnson said only the Tories can be trusted to give police and the security services the powers they need tackle terrorism.

Boris Johnson, pictured today at the rally in County Durham, said the thought of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in power in Number 10 makes him 'shudder'

Boris Johnson, pictured today at the rally in County Durham, said the thought of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in power in Number 10 makes him 'shudder'

Boris Johnson, pictured today at the rally in County Durham, said the thought of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in power in Number 10 makes him ‘shudder’

Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has been savaged by the Tories for her stance on terror and a series of car crash interviews during the election campaign

Labour's shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has been savaged by the Tories for her stance on terror and a series of car crash interviews during the election campaign

Diane Abbott has been attacked for opposing anti-terror legislation which banned the terror group Al Qaeda

Diane Abbott has been attacked for opposing anti-terror legislation which banned the terror group Al Qaeda

Jeremy Corbyn and his close ally Diane Abbott have been heavily criticised by the the Tories for their stance on terrorism as the election campaign enters its closing stages 

He said: ‘It is this government, under Theresa May, which has pushed through measures to deal with terrorists.

‘And the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn – I do not have any confidence that they will do the same.

‘This is a guy who actually voted against the formal establishment of MI5 in 1989, who boasts that he has voted against every single piece of counter terrorism legislation that had been brought before parliament.

‘You have a putative future home secretary in Diane Abbott, Diane Abbott, who does not think that Al Qaeda should be a proscribed organisation and voted against that.

‘It beggars belief that these people should be running our country from Friday.

‘I hope that everybody will vote for a solid Conservative approach to tackle this problem and deal with the scourge of terrorism in all the multiple ways that the Prime Minister outlined.’

Jeremy Corbyn would be ‘eaten for breakfast’ in Brexit talks, Boris Johnson warns

Jeremy Corbyn and his allies will be ‘eaten for breakfast’ by negotiators in Brussels if they lead the Brexit talks, Boris Johnson said today.

He warned the Labour leader and his team would be like a ‘family of herbivores at a watering hole of lions’ if they were entrusted to bat for Britain. 

And the Foreign Secretary warned that Mr Corbyn’s weak leadership would give Remainers their chance to thwart Brexit.

Speaking in Country Durham, he said is it ‘psychologically impossible’ to imagine Mr Corbyn has the ‘grip or the firmness’ to stand up to Brussels. 

He said: ‘A Labour negotiating team would arrive in Brussels like a family of herbivores at a watering hole of lions. They would be eaten for breakfast.’

Mr Johnson said there are ‘plenty of people in Brussels and some in this country who have spent night and day since June 23 dreaming, hoping, scheming and plotting that they will be able to reverse that decision’.

He asked: ‘Do we want them to frustrate the will of the people? Do we want them to overturn our democratic decision of last year? Do we want them to frustrate Brexit? I don’t think we do.’

Mr Corbyn lacked the ‘firmness of purpose’ to take on the ‘glutinous conglomerate of privileged interests’ that made up the EU establishment, he added. 

He said a Corbyn-led government propped up by Nicola Sturgeon and Tim Farron would leave Mr Corbyn like the two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox character from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

Mr Johnson added: ‘With Nicola Sturgeon jabbering in one ear and Tim Farron in the other, both of them telling him to do exactly what Brussels wants, because both of them are 100 per cent committed to reversing that decision of June 23’.

‘How on Earth would Corbyn be able to construct a logical negotiating position with that pair?’   

Theresa May, pictured on the campaign trail in a bakery in Fleetwood, Lancashire, has criticised Jeremy  Corbyn over his weak record on security 

Theresa May, pictured on the campaign trail in a bakery in Fleetwood, Lancashire, has criticised Jeremy  Corbyn over his weak record on security 

Theresa May, pictured on the campaign trail in a bakery in Fleetwood, Lancashire, has criticised Jeremy  Corbyn over his weak record on security 

Nicola Sturgeon, pictured in Edinburgh yesterday, has said she would consider propping up Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10 in a bid to lock the Tories out of power after June 8

Nicola Sturgeon, pictured in Edinburgh yesterday, has said she would consider propping up Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10 in a bid to lock the Tories out of power after June 8

Nicola Sturgeon, pictured in Edinburgh yesterday, has said she would consider propping up Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10 in a bid to lock the Tories out of power after June 8

His comments come as a Survation poll for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, has has the Conservatives on 41.5 per cent – just one point ahead of Labour on 40.4 per cent.

Mr Johnson also warned that Mr Corbyn and his left-wing allies will hammer Britain with ‘destructive’ tax bombshell if voted in.   

And he warned that Mr Corbyn cannot be trusted to stand up to Brussels on Brexit – comparing him to a ‘family of herbivores at a watering hole of lions’.

He said: ‘I don’t mean to compare our European friends to any of these people, but it is psychologically impossible to imagine him having the grip or the firmness to get the right Brexit deal for this country.

‘A Labour negotiating team would arrive in Brussels like a family of herbivores at a watering hole of lions. They would be eaten for breakfast.’

Mr Johnson said that there were ‘plenty of people in Brussels and some in this country who have spent night and day since June 23 dreaming, hoping, scheming and plotting that they will be able to reverse that decision’.

Boris Johnson said Jeremy Corbyn as PM would be left like a two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox (pictured) - a character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - with the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon 'jabbering' in one ear and the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in the other

Boris Johnson said Jeremy Corbyn as PM would be left like a two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox (pictured) - a character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - with the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon 'jabbering' in one ear and the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in the other

Boris Johnson said Jeremy Corbyn as PM would be left like a two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox (pictured) – a character from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – with the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon ‘jabbering’ in one ear and the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron in the other

He asked: ‘Do we want them to frustrate the will of the people? Do we want them to overturn our democratic decision of last year? Do we want them to frustrate Brexit? I don’t think we do.’

Mr Corbyn lacked the ‘firmness of purpose’ to take on the ‘glutinous conglomerate of privileged interests’ that made up the EU establishment, he said.

‘Just imagine the scene in Brussels if Jeremy Corbyn were to mosey in to take his seat opposite Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, (Emmanuel) Macron, (Michel) Barnier and all the rest of them,’ said Mr Johnson.

‘I think they would look at him with what is called ‘a wild surmise’. Not just because they don’t know what his position is, but because he doesn’t know what he really wants.’

He said a Corbyn-led government, propped up by the SNP and Lib Dem, would leave the Labour leader like the two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox character from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

Mr Johnson added: ‘With Nicola Sturgeon jabbering in one ear and Tim Farron in the other, both of them telling him to do exactly what Brussels wants, because both of them are 100 per cent committed to reversing that decision of June 23.

‘How on Earth would Corbyn be able to construct a logical negotiating position with that pair?’ 

He added:  ‘Let’s get Brexit right. Let’s believe in Britain.

‘And let’s work for the next 48 hours to make sure our negotiations are led by Theresa May and the Conservatives.’ 

Mr Johnson’s warning comes amid fears that the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon could prop up Mr Corbyn in government if there is a hung parliament after June 8.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also hammered Mr Corbyn over his stance on terrorism during an interview with The Telegraph.

The polls have showed the Labour have been closing in on the Tories. The two parties are nearly neck and neck with just two days to go to the General Election on June 8

The polls have showed the Labour have been closing in on the Tories. The two parties are nearly neck and neck with just two days to go to the General Election on June 8

The polls have showed the Labour have been closing in on the Tories. The two parties are nearly neck and neck with just two days to go to the General Election on June 8

Mrs May criticised the left-wing Labour leader for opposing every single piece of anti-terror legislation during his many years in Parliament.

And she vowed to get tough with tech giants who are not quick enough to take down extremist material which fuels terror and violence.

She said: ‘There is a very sharp contrast for people on Thursday.

‘I’ve been willing to introduce new powers for the police, I support shoot to kill, Jeremy Corbyn has been very clear that he has opposed every piece of anti-terrorism legislation, he doesn’t support shoot to kill.’

She repeated her promise to consider new powers to block access to extremist websites if the internet companies failed to deal with online radicalisation.

Mrs May said: ‘I think it is important we do get together internationally and look at the possibility of regulating cyberspace because what has developed as generally a huge benefit for people, is being misused because it’s being used as a tool in helping to put together attacks.’

While Mrs May said she believed women should be allowed to wear burkas, she emphasised the importance of women from Muslim communities being able to speak English so they could participate fully in UK society.

‘I’ve always said that a woman should be able to choose how she dresses,’ she said.

‘What I think is important, though, is that women are able to participate fully in society and aren’t treated as second-class citizens and, of course, one of the things that we do see is women who are living here but don’t speak English.’ 

Meanwhile, serious questions have been raised over whether key Corbyn ally Miss Abbott is fit to be home secretary if Labour enters  government.

The shadow home secretary pulled out of a key radio appearance this morning after she had another car crash TV interview last night.

She was left floundering on Sky News when she was asked to discuss the Harris Report, released last October, which made several recommendations on beefing up security in the capital.

Miss Abbott was unable to identify a single one of the 127 recommendations when asked about it by Mr Murnaghan last night.

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