This clip of Johnson meeting Merkel whilst being heckled by anti-Brexit protestors is incredibly awkward

Lowenna Waters
Thursday 22 August 2019 10:15
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This clip of Boris Johnson meeting Angela Merkel, whilst simultaneously being heckled by anti-Brexit protestors is the most awkward thing you'll see today - as well as being completely brilliant.

The prime minister was in Germany to discuss the UK's orderly exit from the European Union on October 31, but as the shook hands with Merkel, they were interrupted by a ring chorus of protestors shouting "stop Brexit".

The two world leaders appeared unfazed and attempted to ignore the cries as they pressed on with the meeting, which was the UK prime minister's first trip abroad during his role.

Ahead of the talks, Mrs Merkel said that she wanted to use their time in order to discuss:

the most friction-free British exit from the European Union possible.

The meetings come as Mr Johnson reiterated his opposition to the Northern Irish backstop, and saying that he wouldn't support any withdrawal agreement that includes it, reports the Express.

Speaking to ITV News, he said:

I think it's a bit paradoxical that the EU side is talking about us putting up all the barriers, we've made it clear 1,000 times we don't want to see any checks on the Northern Irish frontier at all, under no circumstances let me repeat again, under no circumstances will the Government of the United Kingdom be putting checks on the Northern Irish frontier.

By contrast, it is the EU who currently claim that the single market and the plurality of the single market require them to have such checks - I don't think that's true.

I'm going to go of course and see if I can explore those ideas with our friends in Germany and France and at the G7 - let's see where we get to.

The clip soon found its way onto social media, where its awkward nature really struck a chord.

Ouch, well, that's awkward! But considering Johnson is now the prime minister, it's probably time to get used to cringeworthy moments...

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HT The Express

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