Vastavam web: British ministers rallied around Boris Johnson on Sunday, saying the foreign secretary was doing a “great job” and had no reason to resign over remarks that critics say may prompt Iran to extend the prison sentence of a jailed aid worker.The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on May to sack Johnson, writing in the Observer newspaper on Sunday that “we’ve put up with him embarrassing and undermining our country through his incompetence for long enough. It’s time for Boris Johnson to go”.
Corbyn, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also a Labour member, said Johnson had offended states and religions before “bungling” the case of Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in prison after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment. She denies the charges.Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a charity organisation, said Johnson’s comment made on Nov. 1 was incorrect, while opposition British lawmakers said the remarks could land the aid worker a longer term in jail.Gove urged critics to stop focusing on Johnson’s role in the case and instead to question the motivation of what he called “the Iranian regime” in jailing Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
“There is no reason, no excuse and no justification for her detention and she should be released,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.The show of support from fellow Brexit campaigners for Johnson shows the difficulties May faces in keeping her cabinet unified on a range of issues.She lost two of her ministers in a week: Michael Fallon quit as defence minister in a growing sexual harassment scandal and then Priti Patel was forced out of her job as aid minister over undisclosed meetings with Israeli officials.