Outgoing European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured in February, is meeting Boris Johnson over lunch today. Photo: Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock
International media attention is focused on Luxembourg today as the grand duchy hosts a crucial Brexit meeting between Boris Johnson, Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier.
The UK prime minister’s visit to Luxembourg for a lunchtime meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and a talk with Xavier Bettel was announced last Friday. That sparked a flurry of activity on social media among British residents seeking details of the visit and planning a protest. Facebook group “British in Luxembourg” is organizing a “get ready for Boris” gathering on the place Clairefontaine, adjacent to the prime minister’s office, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
As well as attending the lunch meeting, at which the UK’s Brexit secretary Steve Barclay and senior Brexit negotiator David Frost will also be present, Barnier will hold talks with Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn.
Juncker, meanwhile, reiterated his belief that the British has always been “part-time” Europeans. In an interview with Euronews he said that no British government had ever publicly defended the UK’s place in the European Union, so it was no surprise that the 2016 referendum result was negative.