Rishi Sunak defends Boris Johnson from fury over remarks on Brexit and Ukraine

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PM said leave vote was example of instinct to ‘choose freedom’, but chancellor says it is ‘obviously not analogous’ to Ukraine war

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Boris Johnson was not comparing Brexit to the fight by Ukrainians against the Russian invasion when he named the two as examples of people deciding to “choose freedom”, Rishi Sunak has said, calling them “obviously not analogous”.

Johnson prompted fury among political leaders in Europe, and opponents in the UK, when he made the comparison on Saturday in a speech to the Conservative spring conference in Blackpool.

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