Foreign secretary Dominic Raab doesn't seem to know the difference between the Irish Sea and Red Sea

Darren Richman
Monday 29 July 2019 09:00
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Dominic Raab currently serves as the first secretary of state and secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs.

When he was given his new role, the politician commented, “I'm hugely humbled to take on this role at this time and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.” Those opportunities presumably including attempting to help come up with some way of exiting the European Union despite previously resigning as Brexit secretary.

And how is the politician with a black belt in karate (yes, really) getting on? Well, as foreign secretary, you'd assume he knew his geography.

Apparently not. Just last year he seemed unaware of the fact that this country is separated from France by water and that they’re a pretty important trade ally. He said at the time:

I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the UK and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.

It seems he is still making the kind of mistake a GCSE geographer would be ashamed of. A resurfaced video has now emerged of Raab confusing the Irish Sea (the clue is in the name since it separates Ireland and Great Britain) with the Red Sea.

The Red Sea, of course, runs from Egypt's Suez down to Bab Al Mandeb off Yemen.

The video comes from Dominic Raab's time as Brexit minister under Theresa May, in July 2018, while he was speaking to the Exiting the EU Committee. Those halcyon days seem like simpler times, no?

In response to Raab's blunder, DUP MP Sammy Wilson joked - yes, a DUP MP making a joke - "You can draw as many borders down the Red Sea as you want, I don't mind."

Oh, and this is someone who seemingly never grows tired of claiming he’s a “details-oriented man”.

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