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Watch: Boris Johnson booed in Luxembourg

Watch: Boris Johnson booed in Luxembourg
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Boris Johnson has just cancelled a press conference after being booed in Luxembourg, but was the Prime Minister set up? Luxembourg's leader Xavier Bettel took a dig at Boris Johnson as he gave a short speech next to an empty lectern. Bettel said he 'wanted to thank Boris Johnson' as he pointed into thin air:

UK PM Boris Johnson cancels a press conference in Luxembourg, as protesters boo outside the venue – leaving an empty podium next to Luxembourg's PM Xavier Bettelhttps://t.co/LSV4ZpunWU pic.twitter.com/6u73JQ7Vof

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 16, 2019

But Mr S. thinks it is hard to blame Boris Johnson for refusing to go ahead when he is likely to have been drowned out by the noise from protesters outside. The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg now reports that No.10 asked for the conference to be moved indoors so that the two leaders could be heard, only for the request to be rejected. So why weren't the podiums moved inside?

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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