Boris Johnson takes swipe at EU, France and China for bringing shame on world during pandemic

BORIS Johnson last night took swipes at Brussels, France and China.

The PM told the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London that “squabbles over PPE” brought shame on a world grappling with Covid — a dig at the EU.

He also urged the bloc to end its reliance on Russia for gas supplies.

He said leaders came together for last week’s COP26 summit helped “by collective embarrassment at the way internationalism failed during Covid”.

Blasting the French, the PM hit out at “crazy decisions of some countries to try to stop the export of vaccines to others”.

And in a dig at the Chinese with a plea for Western unity, he said: “It’s clear some countries are simply not going to evolve towards free market democracies.”

And he said allies must come together to tackle that threat.

He told the gathered dignitaries at London’s Guildhall: “We have to deal with it, we have to manage it, we must have relations that are as friendly and pragmatic as possible.

"But the consequence is that we work ever more closely with those who do share our values and instincts."

PM: Isle save you

BORIS Johnson last night vowed to “stand behind” Jersey and help it fight off French fishing threats.

Paris said it would restrict energy supplies unless St Helier gives more trawling licences.

The PM blasted the “unjustified” ultimatums in talks with the Crown Dependency isle’s chief minister John Le Fondre. No10 said: “The PM reiterated the UK would continue to stand behind Jersey in the event threats were carried out.”

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