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Boris Johnson skips planned EU press conference amid protesters boos

Prime Minister Boris Johnson skipped a plan press conference because he was being heckled. Picture: BBC News
Prime Minister Boris Johnson skipped a plan press conference because he was being heckled. Picture: BBC News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson skipped a planned press conference with his Luxembourg counterpart because of protests.

There were cheers as Luxembourg's PM Xavier Bettel pointed to the absent British Prime Minister's podium and challenged the UK's failure to find a solution to Irish border question.

Protesters lined the streets of Luxembourg around the site of Mr Johnson's meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Mr Johnson decided not to take part in an outdoor press conference as heckles and boos grew in volume.

Mr Bettel said: "Our people need to know what is going to happen to them in six weeks' time. They need clarity, they need certainty, and they need stability.

"You can't hold their future hostage for party political gains."

Luxembourg's PM Xavier Bettel addresses a media conference next to an empty lectern set out for Boris Johnson. AP Photo / Olivier Matthys

Luxembourg's PM Xavier Bettel addresses a media conference next to an empty lectern set out for Boris Johnson. AP Photo / Olivier Matthys

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