Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Brexit News: BBC’s Katya Adler reveals why Boris Johnson has upper hand over EU leaders | UK | News

Boris Johnson will leave the G7 summit in Biarritz with the upper hand over Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, according to the BBC’s Europe correspondent. Katya Adler told the Westminster Hour that the EU recognised that they “need” to be close to the UK in order to be taken seriously on the world stage. She said that leaders throughout Europe were concerned that Boris Johnson would ditch Europe on key diplomatic issues during the G7 summit.

However, Mr Johnson “did not turn his back on Europe” during the meetings – giving him the upper hand over the French and German leaders during Brexit talks.

Adler said: “ EU leaders were worried that Boris would take the opportunity at the G7 Summit to stand side by side with Donald Trump with whom he wants a good trade deal after Brexit.

“They were concerned that he would align himself with Trump on climate change, Iran, China and so on.

“But in fact, we saw the Prime Minister try to balance standing close with the US but also not turn his back on Europe.”

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She added: “That is important to the EU, they need the UK close on the world stage when it comes to diplomacy and geopolitics in order to be taken seriously by global powers like the US and Russia.”

This comes amid a major breakthrough in the Brexit talks, as Boris Johnson revealed that the “threat” to withhold the £39bn divorce bill from Britain’s EU partners was working.

The British Prime Minister said the “reality” that the EU would not recieve the £39bn payment was finally dawning on European leaders.

He described a dramatic “change of mood in the EU in the last few days” following his trips to Berlin and Paris.

The Downing Street official said the Prime Minister had been clear to European leaders at the G7 summit in Biarritz that the idea Brexit will be stopped was “incorrect”.

They said Mr Johnson has been “repeatedly clear that parliamentarians and politicians don’t get to choose which public votes they respect”.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly insisted that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, with or without a deal.

Talks between MPs who want to stop a no deal Brexit are planned to take place on Tuesday.

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