Stanley Johnson condemns Nigel Farage for ‘totally unforgivable’ suggestion he would take money from China after Prime Minister’s father said it was ‘absolutely necessary’ to work with Beijing
- Nigel Farage suggested that Stanley Johnson is pro-Beijing because of his brothers
- Mr Johnson said Mr Farage ‘should know better than to make accusations’
- It comes after Mr Johnson said it is vital for Britain to work closely with China
Boris Johnson’s father Stanley returned last night to questions from Nigel Farage about his ties to China.
In his interview, Mr Farage suggests that the Prime Minister was pro-Beijing because of the attitude of his Sinophile brothers, Max and Jo, and Stanley, of whom he said acted as an interlocutor between the previous Chinese ambassador and No. 10, reports send back and forth … would it be unfair to ask if he is benefiting financially from these statements he makes? ‘
Stanley Johnson has strongly denied benefiting financially from China
But last night, Stanley Johnson hit back, denying he benefited financially from China, burning the suggestion “ totally inexcusable. ” Mr. Johnson told The Mail on Sunday, “ I have absolutely no financial or other interests, other than believing that it still makes sense to have a good, friendly relationship with the Chinese government and the Chinese people, especially if we be confronted with it. with these two major challenges – biodiversity and climate change. ‘
He said Mr. Farage “should know better than to throw accusations around,” and added, “I think that’s a completely inexcusable comment.”
Mr. Johnson first visited China in 1975 as part of an EU delegation, and he had close ties with Liu Xiaoming, the outgoing Chinese ambassador to the UK.
Last week, 80-year-old Johnson said it was “absolutely necessary” for Britain to “continue to work very closely” with the Chinese government, “even more” after Brexit.
He said, ‘China is not a bete noire. It is the key to so many things. In political terms, it is imperative that we work closely with China.
Mr Farage suggests that the Prime Minister was pro-Beijing because of his brothers, Max and Jo
‘He [the Prime Minister] is right not to write off China on this point – quite the contrary, I think he is right to engage in discussions with China, important discussions.
“It’s inevitable, even more inevitable now that we’ve left the EU.”