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Johnson’s Ethics Adviser Blames UK PM for ‘Odious’ Position

  • Says premier considering deliberate breach of ministerial code
  • Person familiar says issue relates to tariffs on Chinese steel
Lord Geidt

Lord Geidt

Source: House of Commons

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Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser said he resigned because was put in an “impossible and odious position” by the UK prime minister, who he stated was considering a potential deliberate breach of the ministerial code.

In his resignation letter, Christopher Geidt didn’t specify the issue Johnson asked him to advise upon and that led him to quit. In his reply -- which also didn’t give specifics -- the prime minister referred to a planned decision on tariffs that “might be seen to conflict with our obligations under the WTO.”