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Fury greets Johnson’s claim Ukraine fight is like Brexit

Prime minister says vote is ‘famous recent example’ of ‘instinct of the people … to choose freedom’

Russia-Ukraine war: latest developments

Boris Johnson has caused fury among political leaders across Europe – and outrage among opponents of Brexit at home – after he compared the resistance of the Ukrainian people to Russia’s invasion to the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

In a clear attempt to rally the Tory faithful behind a Brexit theme, the prime minister said in a speech to the Conservative spring conference in Blackpool that the world faced a moment of choice “between freedom and oppression”.

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