A FORMER Tory leader has raged that Britain “saved” Luxembourg in World War Two after the tiny nation’s PM ranted at Boris Johnson for dodging an anti-Brexit ‘ambush’.
Iain Duncan Smith has blasted Xavier Bettel for trying to humiliate our PM at their summit yesterday evening.
Brussels-loving Mr Bettel ‘empty-chaired’ Boris after refusing to move their press conference away from a baying anti-Brexit mob – despite requests by No10 to do so.
Instead he ranted to bemused reporters about Brexit being a “nightmare” and milked the whooping cheers of the noisy Remain crowd.
The Luxembourg PM also blasted the British people for voting Leave – before arrogantly claiming: “this wouldn’t happen in Luxembourg”.
The move has been slammed by MPs with Duncan-Smith fuming that Luxembourg – which has a less than 600,000 population – should remember who their allies are.
The irony is that Luxembourg was saved by Britain. National leaders should always treat one another with courtesy and civility. Good ones do.
Iain Duncan Smith
He told the Telegraph: “The irony is that Luxembourg was saved by Britain. National leaders should always treat one another with courtesy and civility. Good ones do.”
Sir Nicholas Soames, one of 21 rebel MPs culled by Boris for voting against the government over Brexit, also slammed the EU chief.
He tweeted: “Very poor behaviour by Luxembourg. Boris Johnson quite right not to be made a fool of.”
Sir Nicholas also accused Mr Bettel of “unhelpful grandstanding”.
But while the Tories fume – the Luxembourg leader was embraced by Emanuel Macron who was even spotted patting his back.
The French president beamed as he welcomed Bettel to the Elysee Palace
However, despite the smiles in the French capital – not everyone at the EU is happy with his yesterday’s chaotic scenes.
Even without a deal there will be a post-#Brexit life, which means that right now everyone needs to behave in a way that avoids animosity.
A key ally of German boss Angela Merkel has warned that the “public venting” by Mr Bettel was not a good move as the bloc hashes out a Brexit deal with No10.
Senior German MP Norbert Rottgen tweeted: ‘Xavier #Bettel’s speech yesterday did not serve the #European cause.
“His public venting ignored that a #deal is still in everyone’s interest.
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“Even without a deal there will be a post-#Brexit life, which means that right now everyone needs to behave in a way that avoids animosity.”
Yesterday’s controversy came after Boris met with EU boss Jean Claude Juncker.
During the two-hour summit, the PM is said to have “reiterated that he would not request an extension” and would take the UK out of the EU on October 31”, a Downing Street spokesman claimed.
Today a No10 source said Boris had talked to Merkel on the phone about an “accelerated effort” to find Brexit backstop alternative.
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