Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2019

Boris Johnson’s meeting with Angela Merkel sabotaged by anti-Brexit protestors | UK | News

The Prime Minister is in Germany to discuss the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU on October 31. But as Mr Johnson and German Chancellor walked past the cameras, the air erupted with faraway cries demanding that Brexit be overturned. The two leaders appeared to take no notice of the familiar cries as they pressed on with the UK Prime Minister’s first trip overseas in office.

After the initial greeting, the two leaders then sat next to each other, without any small talk, before they watched a military display.

After the display, Mr Johnson and Mrs Merkel were then seen speaking as they walked together, before later giving a press conference, ahead of their private meeting.

Prime Minister Mr Johnson travelled to Germany on Wednesday and will meet with the French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday to try to break the Brexit deadlock.

Ahead of the talks, Ms Merkel said she would use their time to discuss how to achieve “the most friction-free British exit from the European Union possible” in order to protect economic growth.

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Mr Gove, speaking during a visit to Holyhead Port in Anglesey, North Wales, said: “We’re going to do everything we can to try to get a deal and Boris is seeing Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in order to try to see if there’s movement on the European side, but so far we haven’t seen much movement from the EU and its leaders so we have to plan prudently in case we don’t get a deal.”

European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said: “The EU27 have had from the outset – and continue to have now – one single, united position on Brexit matters.”

Ms Merkel has expressed her commitment to stand united with the rest of the bloc and has remained intransigent to further negotiations surrounding the withdrawal agreement and backstop.

The meetings comes as Mr Johnson has reiterated his opposition to the Northern Irish backstop, saying he will not support any withdrawal agreement that includes it.

In an interview with ITV News, Mr Johnson said he believes there are “plenty of other creative solutions” to the Northern Irish backstop.

He added: “I think it’s a bit paradoxical that the EU side is talking about us putting up all the barriers, we’ve made it clear 1,000 times we don’t want to see any checks on the Northern Irish frontier at all, under no circumstances let me repeat again, under no circumstances will the Government of the United Kingdom be putting checks on the Northern Irish frontier.

“By contrast, it is the EU who currently claim that the single market and the plurality of the single market require them to have such checks – I don’t think that’s true.

“I’m going to go of course and see if I can explore those ideas with our friends in Germany and France and at the G7 – let’s see where we get to.

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“It may be that for now, they stick with the mantra, rien ne va plus, and they can’t change a jot or a title of the Withdrawal Agreement.”

Mr Trump on Tuesday said the EU was driving a “tough bargain” with the UK and that Mr Johnson was the “right person in charge”.

He added: “Dealing with the UK, they have not treated the UK very well. That’s a very tough bargain they’re driving, the European Union. That’s a very tough bargain.

“And I think that UK has the right man in charge right now – the right person in charge, in the form of Boris.”

It comes as Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said UK ministers and officials will no longer attend most European Union meetings from September 1, the Government has announced.

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