Criticism mounts on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has refrained from making any statements on the dramatic escalations in the middle east post air rade by the United States. The White House and the Pentagon confirmed on January 3 that the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed by US airstrike at Baghdad's international airport, along with six others.
As per international reports, Johnson is expected to be back in Downing Street on January 5, however, the leaders from opposition urged the British PM to make statements on the killing on Soleimani. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Conservatives main opposition, the Labour Party wrote a letter to Johnson requesting an 'urgent Privy council briefing' on the domino effects on the UK of Soleimani's assassination. Corbyn also raised a number of questions to the ruling government who has not released any official statement regarding the consequences of the recent US airstrike. Corbyn, who has witnessed the worst Labour defeat in 70 years has not only taken this opportunity to criticise Johnson along with other labour MP's.
I've written to Boris Johnson requesting an urgent Privy Council briefing and answers to questions following the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani. pic.twitter.com/kOw36b6Ex2— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) January 3, 2020
The reports say that the UK was not warned about the airstrike in advance, however, a government source said that Johnson was being updated at all times during his holiday and will also meet the ministers on January 6 and the foreign leaders 'over the next few days'. While Labour leaders feel that British PM should 'cut short his trip', US and Iran have traded threats of 'revenge' on the killing of top commanders.
Why hasn’t Boris Johnson managed to find 2 minutes during his £20,000 a week lavish getaway to comment on the escalating tensions in the Middle East?— Rachael Swindon #LaveryForLeader (@Rachael_Swindon) January 4, 2020
Nearly as concerning, why the fuck aren’t the British Press absolutely destroying him for it?
What/who are they scared of?
And I will say it again:— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) January 4, 2020
Johnson is a coward.
Whether fleeing Scottish crowds via a back door, hiding in a fridge, avoiding a climate debate or an @afneil interview -Johnson is only here for the pomp and is a shirker of responsibility. https://t.co/h2Bjpt6STj