Boris Johnson risked a rash of unforgiving headlines as the Foreign Secretary took an impromptu boat trip with an EU counterpart that he confidently boasted would be a “tremendous success”.
During a walk around the estate at Chevening House, the Foreign Secretary tried to encourage ministers from eight European allies to join him for a spin out in a rowing boat.
According to the Press Association, Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler tried to persuade him to head to the house with the delegation as the minister pushed the vessel out on to the water.
“Come on, they have got a programme,” she said, aware of the potential pitfalls on many levels.
“We don’t want to drown… we are not drowning the foreign ministers, come on.”
Undeterred, Johnson took to the water with the Czech Republic’s deputy foreign minister Ivo Sramek.
As he joined Sramek in the dinghy, Johnson said the paddle would be a “tremendous success”.
The pair spent a couple of minutes rowing round the lake.