Prime Minister’s father said trip to Greece was “essential” as he needed a Covid-proof villa

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Stanley Johnson speaks with a local reporter outside his Villa Irene in the village of Horto, Mount Pelion (Photo: AP)

The Prime Minister’s father has defended his decision to fly to Greece in apparent violation of travel directives – and to post travel updates on social media.

Stanley Johnson was criticized after avoiding the ban on direct flights from the UK by jumping into his Greek villa via Bulgaria.

The 79-year-old said he was visiting “essential businesses” because he had to “protect Covid my property” before the rental season.

When asked about social media posts, Mr. Johnson senior told reporters on Saturday, “I didn’t put them up … in a spirit of challenge, or something like that.” “

Stanley Johnson has been criticized for flying to Greece despite warnings not to travel unless essential

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Referring to his residence in Greece, he added: “I came here to spend a quiet time, to organize the house.

“I think I’ll be going back there on July 10. So I only have one week to organize everything. You have lots of instructions on how to make the Covid place to the test.

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When asked if he had put his son, Boris Johnson, in a difficult position while traveling in Greece, he replied: “I have read his answers and he is quite right to say … that, you know what … and i think … i’m not i’m going to talk about private conversations between family members … and i’m definitely not going to talk about it. ”

Referring to the air bridges between the United Kingdom and other countries, the Prime Minister’s father said: “Let us open this air bridge as quickly as possible. People aspire to come here and it’s a country that has it all.

Stanley Johnson, father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, chats with local journalists outside his villa Irene in the village of Horto, Mount Pelion (also known as Pilio), in central Greece, Friday July 3, 2020 Stanley Johnson arrived in Athens Wednesday evening after flying via Bulgaria due to a current ban on direct flights from Britain before visiting his villa on Mount Pelion. (Dimitris Kareklidis / magnesianews.gr via AP)

Stanley Johnson arrived in Athens Wednesday evening after flying via Bulgaria due to a current ban on direct flights from Britain (Photo: AP)

Stanley Johnson, father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, greets local journalists outside his villa Irene in the village of Horto, Mount Pelion (also known as Pilio), in central Greece, Friday July 3, 2020. Johnson is arrived in Athens Wednesday evening after flying via Bulgaria due to a current ban on direct flights from Britain, before visiting his villa on Mount Pelion. (Dimitris Kareklidis / magnesianews.gr via AP)

Johnson stressed that his social media posts were not done “in a spirit of challenge” (Photo: AP)

He added, “I’m not going to say whether my actions were correct or not, but in any case what happened happened.

“How wonderful it would be if, quickly enough, the two governments could get along?” “

boris johnson sur LBC

Boris Johnson repeatedly declined to comment on his father’s trip (Photo: LBC)

Boris has repeatedly refused to condemn his father’s decision when questioned about the trip on Friday.

On a radio call to the LBC, the Prime Minister said, “I think you should really talk to him about it. I will not go into the details of family conversations.

“I think the overwhelming majority of Britons have understood what needs to be done and have been very careful and it is the right thing to do. ”

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