The Foreign Secretary accused Mr Corbyn of a perceived weakness on the defence of the UK, following his refusal “to confirm” he would use the country’s expensive nuclear programme.
Mr Johnson said: “When it came to Jeremy Corbyn on the defence of our country, we have invested £31billion in the Trident nuclear programme and he absolutely refused to confirm that he would even use it.
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Boris Johnson launched a scathing attack on Jeremy Corbyn about his refusal to commit to Trident
Thereby voiding the logic of deterrents, he would not stick up for or defend this country
“Thereby voiding the logic of deterrents, he would not stick up for or defend this country.”
Mr Corbyn is a lifelong nuclear disarmament and peace campaigner, who has repeatedly displayed a reluctance over the renewal of the current Trident arrangements although his party's manifesto commits a Labour government to do so.
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He has said he would not “automatically” send troops to defend a Nato ally under attack.
According to the Morning Star, a “socialist” newspaper, Mr Corbyn previously “pledged his unwavering commitment to unilateral disarmament, declaring that ‘we can make a start and set an example by removing all nuclear weapons from this country’”.
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When asked about Theresa May’s performance in the Question Time Special Mr Johnson was quick to praise his party leader.
The former London Mayor said: “Theresa May gave a commanding performance and it came across overwhelming clearly that she is the best candidate to be Prime Minister on June 8.
Johnson proudly stated the amount the Tory Government have agreed to spend on renewing Trident
“When you contrast it to Jeremy Corbyn’s performance and the difficulty he had with some rather elementary questions about the defence of this country, about the Brexit negotiations and about the economy.”
It follows a warning by a leading Brexiteer who advised voters that if the Tories are unable to form a majority Government, they run the risk of derailing negotiations with the EU.
Corbyn has been a leading champion of anti-trident protests
Richard Tice, from campaign group Leave means Leave, claimed Britons were suffering from election “fatigue” and would unlikely want a second European Union independence referendum, however, insisted it opens the doors for Labour, the SNP and Liberal Democrats to stop the divorce process.
He fears Jeremy Corbyn and his allies in Westminster would not even turn up to the Brussels talks due to start 11 days after the General Election.