Johnson humiliated by Luxembourg PM at ’empty chair’ press conference

Xavier Bettel gesticulates at empty podium as British PM skips press conference amid loud protests

Boris Johnson was left humiliated and his claims of progress in the Brexit negotiations in tatters after a chaotic visit to Luxembourg ended in the prime minister being mocked by a fellow European leader for cancelling a press appearance to avoid protesters.

Johnson was booed and jeered as he left a working lunch with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, before being forced to abandon plans to speak alongside Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, after being targeted by a larger crowd.

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