Boris Johnson denied cheating in Syria quiz: Foreign Office

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has denied cheating during a competition to take the newspaper test of our Q&A on the December shooting at the Syrian village of Santa Fe. This morning, his office…

Boris Johnson denied cheating in Syria quiz: Foreign Office

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has denied cheating during a competition to take the newspaper test of our Q&A on the December shooting at the Syrian village of Santa Fe.

This morning, his office provided copies of the answers to any questions that had been actually asked to the Foreign Office by Foreign Secretary, Johnson’s predecessor.

The Foreign Office said Johnson’s answers on a test it conducted in the run-up to Christmas did not rule him out as a contender, but that he was unlikely to win due to the fact that only five British people and five people from the wider Arab world took part in the quiz.

“After reviewing the questions, it was quite clear that as the country’s most active Foreign Secretary in decades it was unlikely that Mr Johnson, who was recently branded Mr Judo, would secure the Prime Minister’s signature,” said the paper.

“The Foreign Office acknowledged that Mr Johnson’s answers were not up to scratch, but said he ‘certainly broke no rules’.

“The Foreign Office did not release the answers, but a spokesman confirmed that the questions were fair and legal.”

It noted that the Assad regime was among countries involved in the fateful 2013 chemical attack on civilians that precipitated the UK intervention in Syria, adding that although Assad was not accused in either incident, “Fears over Syria have already been an electoral weakness” for the Prime Minister.

“Mr Johnson has also focused considerable energy on getting the Syria dossier to Number 10.

“If the UK gives Mr Johnson a bad Brexit deal, it is difficult to imagine him ceasing that kind of intervention with success.”

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