Boris Johnson puts foot on table during Brexit talks at Elysee Palace | Politics News

Boris Johnson rested his foot on a piece of furniture during his visit to the Elysee Palace in Paris.

The prime minister was pictured in a relaxed pose as he spoke with Emmanuel Macron at the French president’s official residence.

Mr Johnson’s casual demeanour was branded “rude and embarrassing” by Sonia Purnell, a biographer of the former London mayor, amid criticism of his actions on social media.

“Imagine if Macron put his foot on the table at Buckingham Palace,” she added on Twitter.

However, video footage of Mr Johnson’s encounter with Mr Macron later suggested the prime minister’s brief gesture was a shared joke as the two leaders made small talk.

The French president appeared to indicate the table would work equally well as a footstool should the prime minister want to recline, which Mr Johnson then did.

The pair held private talks in the Elysee Palace following a joint news conference, during which Mr Macron told Mr Johnson the UK and EU won’t find a new Brexit deal within 30 days that will be very different from the existing one.

The French president also described the Irish border backstop arrangement – which Mr Johnson wants scrapped from the UK’s current withdrawal agreement – as “not just technical constraints or legal quibbling”, but “genuine, indispensable guarantees”.

Following his talks with Mr Macron, the prime minister posted on Twitter: “Let’s get Brexit done, sensibly and pragmatically and in the interests of both sides.

“Let’s get on with deepening and intensifying the friendship and the partnership between our nations.”

The French president also offered a warm message, tweeting: “The relationship between the United Kingdom and France is, in my view, essential and unwavering.

“In your decision to visit Paris, @BorisJohnson, I see the need to maintain this special relationship. Let’s work together!”

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