make no mistake, the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch is a historic moment and not in a good way, this is an ominous precedent
it is a somewhat surprising manifestation of Taking Back Control
The SNP’s @IanBlackfordMP tells the Commons:
“It’s a pity that the former foreign secretary (Johnson)....did not stand up for our leading diplomat in the US yesterday.”
Sir Alan Duncan, Foreign Office minister, has just told the BBC that Boris Johnson's failure to stand up for Darroch was "contemptible"
Former Tory chair Patrick McLoughlin on Boris Johnson:
"It is unedifying to see someone who wants to be PM failing to stand up for hard-working civil servants, who have done nothing wrong, under attack from foreign governments. Leadership involves standing up for your team."
Jeremy Hunt says he is "deeply saddened" by Darroch's resignation:
"I am outraged that a selection of his reports should have been leaked. I am sure that our ambassadors worldwide will continue to provide the objective and rigorous reporting that the FCO has always prized."
and from @LordRickettsP
"Kim has been an outstanding public servant with a distinguished career in the highest-profile jobs. It should not have ended like this. He has been taken out by an act of political sabotage. What does this say about the state of our country?"
Spokesman for Labour:
“It is clear that Boris Johnson is effectively behaving as Donald Trump’s patsy and is doing that clearly because he’s banking on a sweetheart trade deal and is putting himself in hoc to the US President.”
David O’Sullivan, ex EU ambassador to Washington, said his friend was “deliberately and maliciously stabbed in the back” with the leaks, which he said were “further evidence of the toxic impact of the Brexit debate on the UK’s most cherished institutions”.
Boris Johnson has now told @Jack_Blanchard_ at Politico:
“I think most people feel … I don’t want anybody else telling us what to do. Or anybody else criticizing our government, I suppose is my feeling.”
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