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Burka comments 'wrenched out of context'

By Beth Rigby, deputy political editor
Boris Johnson has refused to apologise for comparing women wearing burkas to "bank robbers" and accused colleagues of whipping up "confected indignation" over the remarks. 
In a wide-ranging interview with Sky News, Mr Johnson also warned that the EU may go for Theresa May's Brexit Chequers plan as it would be a "political triumph" for the bloc.
His comments come after he put forward an alternative Brexit plan, which he called a "Super Canada" option.The former foreign secretary told Sky News he felt the burka row, and anger at his description of Theresa May's Brexit plan as a "suicide vest", has as much to do with people's opposition to him over Brexit as to what he actually said.
Burka comments 'wrenched out of context'

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"I stand by what I wrote. I urge my friends and colleagues to look carefully at what I wrote," he said."I think you'll find invariably that there is an element of confected indignation about things that I've said that are wrenched out of context."In this particular context, what is going on is that people do feel a slight sense of uneasiness about the direction, more than a slight sense of uneasiness, real alarm about the direction of the Brexit negotiations."And they are conscious that I have a strong view about that and I think they are perhaps reacting to that as much as to anything else."

Burka comments 'wrenched out of context'

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Remainer Sir Alan Duncan said his "suicide vest" comment was one of "the most disgusting moments in British politics" and was the "political end" of Mr Johnson.But Mr Johnson remained defiant, saying people were more upset with him pointing out that the UK constitution is "threatened by the Irish backstop agreement".His broadside against his critics came as he issued a rallying call to Brexiteers to step up efforts to get the prime minister to "chuck Chequers", warning that the deal is a "political triumph" for the EU and one they might go for despite recent rhetoric.The former foreign secretary told Sky News that Brussels will know that Chequers is "a great deal for them" as he urged the prime minister to change course on the eve of party conference.
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