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Luxembourg PM’s ‘stunt’ a reminder why UK wants Brexit – US ambassador

Luxembourg PM's 'stunt' a reminder why UK wants Brexit - US ambassador

Boris Johnson’s therapy by the hands of Luxembourg’s prime minister is a reminder of why the UK wants to depart the European Union, Donald Trump’s ambassador in London is reported to have mentioned.

Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, mentioned that having “built the greatest empire” and “held off the Nazis”, the British “didn’t need a lecture from anybody on how to run their country… and that includes Brussels”, based on The Daily Telegraph.

He added: “We stand with the people of the UK and we always will.”

US ambassador Woody Johnson speaks during a press preview at the new United States embassy building
Image: Woody Johnson reportedly mentioned the UK will start a ‘golden period’ after Brexit

The ambassador’s reported feedback got here after Luxembourg’s PM Xavier Bettel was accused of “disrespecting” Britain after he tried to pressure Mr Johnson to carry a information convention in a road filled with anti-Brexit protesters, prompting the prime minister to drag out.

Speaking on the Carlton Club in London, the US ambassador praised Mr Johnson’s dealing with of the scenario, insisting that “he knew he was walking into a trap”, based on the Telegraph.

Woody Johnson reportedly mentioned: “He knew this was a set-up. Of course he knew, however he’s British. He mentioned, ‘What the hell. I can do that’.

“I assumed the individuals in Luxembourg completed one thing that possibly even Boris could not accomplish: present this isn’t the place (the British) wish to be, over there, once they deal with us like that – your prime minister.”

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Addressing a Conservative Foreign & Commonwealth Council lunch on the non-public members’ membership, the ambassador is reported to have mentioned that whereas “some had cast doubt” on the British individuals’s determination to depart the EU, “the US administration believes it’s the start of a new golden era for the UK”.

He mentioned: “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.”

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Mr Bettel’s “empty chairing” of Mr Johnson was additionally criticised by Norbert Röttgen, an ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel, and chairman of the German international affairs committee.

He wrote on Twitter: “Xavier Bettel’s speech yesterday didn’t serve the European trigger. His public venting ignored that a deal continues to be in everybody’s curiosity.

“Even with out a deal there shall be a post-Brexit life, which implies that proper now everybody must behave in a method that avoids animosity.”

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