Brexit turns to Sexist


BANGKOK, 20 February 2018: Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, made an oblique reference to the British appetite for sex tourism in Thailand during a major speech about Brexit, the Independent newspaper reported last week.

In an address focusing on Brexit issues the Foreign Secretary wandered off cue to quip: “As I have just discovered we have more than a million (citizens) who go to Thailand every year, where according to our superb consular services they get up to the most eye-popping things.”

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ data for tourist arrivals in 2017 showed more than 1 million British citizens visited Thailand on holiday.

However the ministry would argue that the majority travel with their families, or as couples and are not engaging in activities described as “eye popping”.

Johnson had preceded the comment with the assertion that the right deals on aviation and visa-free travel” would allow Britons “ever more intensively to go on cheapo flights to stag parties in ancient cities”.

One Twitter user said: “Boris Johnson is 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.”

Mr Johnson met Thailand’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister during a tour of Asia according to the Independent.

After talks on trade and security, he said he would “look forward to further strengthening the UK’s relationship with Thailand in the future”.