The British PM Boris Johnson will meet EU leaders in Luxembourg next week. Pictured: Boris Johnson is seen travelling to the G7 summit in France, 24 August 2019. Photo: UK Prime Minister’s Office
The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, will discuss Brexit with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, and the grand duchy’s PM, Xavier Bettel, in Luxembourg on Monday.
Downing Street announced the meetings on Friday morning, according to Reuters.
A European Commission spokeswoman would not disclose to The Guardian the exact location of the meeting with Juncker, a former Luxembourg PM, but stated it would be “neutral”. The newspaper quoted her saying: “It is a working lunch so you can imagine it is somewhere serving food.”
“EU sources suggested Johnson had sought to avoid a meeting in Brussels for fear of giving the impression that the new prime minister was begging for concessions,” The Guardian wrote.
It is Johnson’s first meeting with Juncker since becoming PM, noted the Evening Standard.
Separately, the grand duchy’s government told local media on Friday that Bettel would host Johnson at the Luxembourg prime minister’s office in the early afternoon on 16 September, to discuss “the subject of Brexit”. A press conference is scheduled to take place following their meeting.