Boris Johnson Tipped to Become Next Secretary General of NATO
However, there was concern among the top brass, with Lord Dannatt, former head of the British Army, saying that he could not support Mr Johnson because of his character, The Telegraph reports.
The peer told The Telegraph: “Undoubtedly he has done a lot of good things and our full square support for Ukraine is fantastic.
“But I am afraid it is the personal stuff, the lack of integrity, the lack of trust. Frankly, we don’t want to expose Boris Johnson on the international stage for more ridicule. He is a national embarrassment.”
A senior Ministry of Defence figure also expressed doubts, given there was a likelihood that Emmanuel Macron, the French President, would veto him.
One source told The Telegraph: “The reality is that Nato sec gens are appointed by unanimous decision. Any country can veto.
“Do you think President Macron would nominate Boris Johnson to be the sec gen of Nato? It is a challenge for a Brit full stop. You need the United States to support you and the French to say ‘yes’.”
The next head of Nato was due to be appointed this September but was delayed by a year due to the crisis in Ukraine.
The last UK politician to become Nato secretary general, one of the world’s most senior defence appointments, was Lord Robertson of Port Ellen – who at the time was Labour Defence Secretary – in 1999.
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