SNEERING Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel has reminded Britain “why they don’t want to be in Europe”, Donald Trump’s UK chief has said.
Woody Johnson has hit out at the EU after Bettel tried to humiliate Boris Johnson at their summit this week.
Woody Johnson as hit out at the EU after Xavier Bettel tried to humiliate Boris Johnson[/caption]
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 was slammed as a “cheap ambush” by MPs and now Mr Johnson, the US ambassador to Britain, has also backed the PM and said Boris “knew he was walking into a trap”, the Telegraph reports.
Speaking at the Carlton Club in London, he said: “He knew this was a set-up.
“Of course he knew, but he’s British. He said, ‘What the hell. I can do this’.
“I thought the people in Luxembourg accomplished something that maybe even Boris couldn’t accomplish: show this is not where (the British) want to be, over there, when they treat us like that – your Prime Minister.”
I thought the people in Luxembourg accomplished something that maybe even Boris couldn’t accomplish: show this is not where (the British) want to be, over there, when they treat us like that – your Prime Minister.
In a scathing blast at the bloc, Mr Allen added: “The people who built the greatest empire, the people who held off the Nazis, who contributed so much to the progress of mankind, you can go down a long list – they don’t need a lecture from anybody on how to run their country, and that includes Brussels.”
A key ally of German boss Angela Merkel has also 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.”
Monday’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 Mrs Merkel on the phone about an “accelerated effort” to find Brexit backstop alternative.
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