Boris Johnson snubs EU meeting on Donald Trump


Boris Johnson is to snub an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss Donald Trump.

The Foreign Secretary has already called for an end to the collective “whinge-o-rama” about the billionaire’s election.

His decision to miss Sunday’s meeting highlights a gulf between Europe and the UK on how to respond to the Republican taking the White House.

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner, Axel Schafer, warned Theresa May was “delusional” if she believed the incoming administration would give the UK a good trade deal.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “The Foreign Secretary will not attend the meeting convened for Sunday. There is a regular Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday where a range of issues can be discussed in the normal way.

“We do not see the need for an additional meeting on Sunday because the US election timetable is long established. An act of democracy has taken place, there is a transition period and we will work with the current and future administrations to ensure the best outcomes for Britain.”

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has struck a tough tone on Mr Trump.

He said: “I think that we’ll waste time for two years while Mr Trump tours a world that he is completely unaware of.

“We have to teach the new president of the USA what Europe is, and how it works. The trans-Atlantic alliance, and the Nato alliance, is called into question, so it could be quite pernicious.

“With regards to refugees and other non-Americans, Trump has an approach which in no way coincides with the approach in Europe.”

It comes as UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who is rumoured to be meeting Mr Trump in New York, said Mrs May must “mend fences” with the President-elect after “rude” comments during the campaign.