Lord Ricketts explained why the Prime Minister was not invited to the EU summit, which is held on the same day as a NATO meeting. The Prime Minister drew the bizarre comparison between Brexit and Ukrainians fighting for their freedom as neighboring Russia invades, kicking off a bloody war in Europe. US President Biden and many other world figures are present on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s lack of an invitation is believed to be due to his insensitive comments.
Sky News host Niall Paterson said; “I understand the Prime Minister is going to the NATO summit on Thursday.
“But he was not invited, unlike Joe Biden, to the EU summit on the same day.”
Lord Ricketts said: “Well, in a way I don’t think that’s very surprising, given the kind of remarks he made over the weekend.
“Comparing Brexit to the struggle of the Ukrainian people, it was seen as hopelessly insulting and insensitive across Europe.
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Lord Ricketts added: “I’m afraid we’re not going to help reshape the agenda with our EU counterparts.
“We should be, NATO is an important forum for Britain, as you say, we spend a lot on defence.
“The UK has been very effective in helping and supporting Ukrainians.
“But in the crucial discussions that will take place between Joe Biden and the Europeans, for example on the strengthening of sanctions, Great Britain is going to be on the sidelines of this.
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“Which I think is a big mistake, I think the Prime Minister should reach out and work to improve relations to heal the wounds of the past with the EU without redoubling his efforts.”
Byline Time political correspondent Adam Bienkov said: “In possibly related news, Downing Street sources say Boris Johnson will no longer travel to the European Council meeting on Thursday as originally hinted. “
In his weekend speech, Mr Johnson said: “I know it is the instinct of the people of this country, like the people of Ukraine, to choose freedom, every time.
Mr Johnson added: “I can give you some famous recent examples.
“When Britons voted in such large numbers for Brexit I don’t think it was because they were unfriendly to foreigners. It was because they wanted to be free to do things differently and for this country to be able to function. itself.”
Mr Johnson also used the example of Britons being willing to take COVID-19 vaccines voluntarily due to the fact that they “wanted to get on with their lives” and “were tired of being told what to do by people like me”.