In an address in which he outlined his vision for the country’s departure from the EU, he also quipped “the right deal on aviation and on visa-free travel” would allow Britons “ever more intensively to go on cheapo flights to stag parties in ancient cities”.
Johnson continued, “As I have just discovered we have more than a million who go to Thailand every year, where according to our superb consular services they get up to the most eye-popping things.”
“If we get the right deal on aviation and on visa-free travel – both of which are in our mutual interest – this expansion of UK tourism will continue, not just beyond the EU, but within the EU itself; and we will continue ever more intensively to go on cheapo flights to stag parties in ancient cities, meet interesting people, fall in love, struggle amiably to learn the European languages whose decline has been a paradoxical feature of EU membership.”
His comments, made in a ‘Road to Brexit’ speech in which he attempted to reach out to Remain supporters, were described as “off-colour” and “embarrassing” by some on social media, the online reported.
One Twitter user said: “Boris Johnson going on about Brits committing illegal activities in Thailand and stag parties in ancient cities. This is our international reputation? How sad.”
Another wrote: “Harming our reputation and making light of serious behaviour, even criminal abuse, is a step too far even for him.”
Liam Kirkaldy (@HolyroodLiam) : In a keynote speech on Brexit Boris Johnson is talking about measuring the English channel with his fingers, referring to it as a moat, and making jokes about the things that go on when Brits go to Thailand. This is terrifying.
6:25 PM - Feb 14, 2018
Johnson met Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwina during a tour of Asia this week.
After talks on trade and security, he said he would “look forward to further strengthening the UK’s relationship with Thailand in the future”.