According to the piece, his comments ruffled feathers and one dinner guest allegedly told The New European: “Clearly he just assumed he was amongst friends, but it was a remarkable thing to say and there were a number of raised eyebrows around the table.”
The story also went viral on social media, and numerous high profile journalists shared it:
Another article published by the website claimed that a Number 10 Downing Street press officer called The New European‘s editor-in-chief Matt Kelly at 10.30pm on Thursday night announcing that the story was untrue, defamatory and that the Prime Minister is taking legal action against the newspaper.
“The Prime Minister did not make this remark. The allegation is untrue and defamatory,” they said the spokesperson then said via text.
“The New European stands by our story,” it wrote.
Meanwhile, Daily Mirror editor Kevin Maguire said Johnson had “lost the plot” if he was suing them.
Boris Johnson’s lost the plot if he’s threatening to sue The New European https://t.co/mhVodhw9TJ
In a statement, Kelly recounted the odd series of events and also confirmed Downing Street had since denied threatening legal action:
Comment from Matt Kelly, editor in chief, The New European regarding #remorsegate and Boris Johnson's threat to sue… https://t.co/WYrWz8mt4J
— The New European - Think Without Borders (@The New European - Think Without Borders)
He said: “I now understand Downing Street denies they threatened legal action, to which all I can say is I stand by our story, and our story about the story. If Boris Johnson changes his mind again and decides to sue, we’ll see him in court.
“Should the veracity of this account be challenged, I do, of course, have the texts.”
What a mess. Indy100 has contacted Downing Street and The New European to comment on this story.