September 16, 2019 / 2:33 PM / a month ago

Luxembourg PM Bettel says onus on PM Johnson to propose workable Brexit fix

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gestures at a news conference after his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Luxembourg, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel lashed out at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday for failing to propose serious alternatives to unlock a Brexit deal before the Oct.31 divorce date and seeking to blame the bloc for the “nightmare”.

“Don’t make the EU the bad guy,” Bettel told journalists after talks with Johnson.

Bettel was standing alone at a podium that had been prepared for comments by both leaders, but Johnson left immediately after the meeting amid loud anti-Brexit protest just outside Bettel’s office.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska

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