EU rejected Boris Johnson request for Brexit call with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron
- Credit: AFP via Getty Images
An EU official has confirmed that the bloc rejected a request from Boris Johnson to allow him to involve German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron in Brexit negotiations.
The senior official said the request for a three-way call on Monday was rejected because negotiations were intended to go through the European Commission and not European leaders.
The claim has not been denied by the UK side.
When asked about reports, a No 10 spokesman instead said: “I would point you to the PM’s words yesterday where he said he would go the extra mile to reach a fair deal, including going to Brussels, Paris or to Berlin.”
Pressed that he was not denying reports that the prime minister had been rebuffed, the spokesman said: “I would refer you back to my previous answer. The PM has a clear willingness to talk to other leaders.”
You may also want to watch:
It comes after Macron has insisted that he was not "asking to have my cake and eat it” during Brexit negotiations.
The French president made the remarks over the EU's fisheries policy, which Downing Street want the bloc to compromise on.
- 1 The biggest scandal may be that no rules were broken
- 2 A chapter is over for Britain, for good or ill
- 3 Russell Kane: Why working class people like Boris Johnson
- 4 The deep-seated issues beneath Sofagate
- 5 BBC journalist admits being 'haunted' by fear broadcaster 'built up' Nigel Farage and UKIP
- 6 Welsh government takes Westminster to court over post-Brexit bill
- 7 Alan Duncan should have spoken out sooner about Boris Johnson
- 8 What's the appeal behind Line of Duty?
- 9 The only Brexit export boom is from UK businesses rushing to Europe
- 10 PRINCE PHILIP: Why this Danish, Greek, German immigrant epitomised Britain
He said: “I’m not asking to have my cake and eat it, no. All I want is a cake that’s worth it’s weight because I won’t give up my share of it either.”
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.