Hillary Clinton attacks 'authoritarian leader' Boris before saying she ‘fears' for Brits

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The former First Lady of the US said she feels the Prime Minister is “taking advantage” of British voters. And when asked if she thought Mr Johnson was “the people’s hero” for his efforts to deliver Brexit, the 71-year-old responded he is simply a hero to “himself”. Mrs Clinton told the Sunday Times magazine during a joint interview with her daughter Chelsea: “I really worry.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with Brexit, or impeachment, or our upcoming election – and I don’t care what your political ideology is.

“If you invest your support in people who will try and take advantage of it to promote themselves to become authoritarian leaders, then we are headed for an even worse outcome.”

Mrs Clinton added she thought Mr Johnson was a “grandstander” when she met him while he was the Mayor of London.

And she also sees a likeness to US President Donald Trump, who beat her in the 2016 presidential election.

She said: “I knew Trump [before he became president] and I thought the same thing.

“A kind of blowhard, a blustering guy.”

Mr Johnson has made it clear in the past he is no fan of Mrs Clinton either.

In an interview in 2007, he wrote she represented everything he “came into politics to oppose”.

Brexit negotiations in Brussels have intensified this weekend ahead of the Queen reading out the legislative agenda of the government in the House of Lords on Monday as Parliament returns.

Mr Johnson also spoke Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald on the phone at lunchtime to discuss Brexit.

Ms McDonald’s office said she reminded the Prime Minister of his obligations under the Good Friday Agreement and told Mr Johnson that there could be no unionist veto on protections for Ireland.

Ms McDonald said following the call: “Ireland did not consent to Brexit.

“The people of the north voted to remain.

“This afternoon I reminded the British Prime Minister of this and of his obligations under the Good Friday Agreement to ensure no hardening of the border.

“I told the Prime Minister that any deal agreed must have legal and enduring guarantees that deliver for Ireland.

“There can be no customs border on our island. Our livelihoods, our economy and our peace must be protected.

“I also sought confirmation that there would be no veto gifted to DUP Brexiteers on protections for Ireland – such a position would be intolerable.

“The next week will be critical. Ultimately we need a deal that delivers for Ireland. Prime Minister Johnson and I agreed to stay in contact and continue to engage on these and other important issues.”

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