US says Luxembourg PM's snub to Boris Johnson 'shows why the UK wants Brexit'

Mail Online | 9/18/2019 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
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The US has joined condemnation of Boris Johnson's outrageous treatment by the Luxembourg PM - saying it shows why the UK wants to leave the EU.

US ambassador Woody Johnson said Xavier Bettel clearly wanted to 'trap' the premier during his visit to the country this week.

Britain - Nation - 'lectures - Brexit

He said Britain was a powerful nation and did not need 'lectures' about Brexit.

The intervention, in a speech at the Carlton Club, comes amid mounting criticism of the behaviour of Mr Bettel.

EU - Diplomats - Alarm - Stunt - Sentiment

EU diplomats have voiced alarm that the stunt has backfired by fueling Eurosceptic sentiment in the UK and derailing delicate negotiations.

One complained that the leader of a 'bigger country' would not have indulged in such grandstanding.

Monday - Mr - Bettel - Country - Population

On Monday, Mr Bettel - whose country has a population of just 600,000 and an economy half the size of the NHS budget - refused to move a joint press conference with Mr Johnson indoors to prevent the British PM being 'drowned out' a small but noisy protest.

Instead he continued with the media call solo, delivering a furious anti-Brexit rant against the backdrop of a Union flag, while gesturing at the empty podium set up for Mr Johnson.

Hint - Actions - Mr - Bettel - Clash

In a hint that he might regret his actions, Mr Bettel tweeted after the clash with Mr Johnson that Luxembourg would 'remain the UK's partner and friend'.

He posted photos of himself greeting Mr Johnson, but not pictures of the empty podium.

Ally - Angela - Merkel - Venting - Mr

A key ally of Angela Merkel warned that the 'public venting' by Mr Bettel had backfired.

Senior German MP Mr Rottgen tweeted: 'Xavier #Bettel's speech yesterday did not serve the #European cause.

Deal - Everyone - Interest

'His public venting ignored that a #deal is still in everyone's interest.

'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...
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