British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not regret posting a letter to President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter proposing that France take back migrants who have crossed the Channel, his spokesperson said on Friday.
France called the move “unacceptable” and canceled Britain’s participation in talks between European Union interior ministers on the issue scheduled for Sunday.
But asked by reporters during a daily briefing if Johnson regretted sending and then sharing the letter on social media, his spokesperson replied “no”.
“As the Prime Minister (Prime Minister) himself said, he and President Macron both realize the urgency of the situation we both face,” he said.
“You will see from the tone of the letter that it is about deepening our existing cooperation and building on the work that has already been done between our two countries, to which the Prime Minister in the letter returned tribute.”
Macron had previously said at a press conference in Rome that he was “surprised” by Johnson’s methods, which he called “not serious”, adding: “One leader does not communicate with another about these questions on Twitter, by public letter “.
However, defending the decision to tweet, the British leader’s spokesperson insisted that the British public “rightly wants to know what we are planning to try to resolve this problem”.
Relations between the two neighbors were already considered the most strained in decades following a series of Brexit disputes.
But the spat represents a new turn for the worse.
It comes as the crisis of migrants illegally crossing the English Channel intensifies after the deaths of 27 people in the busy waterway earlier this week.
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