Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday turned to English, appealing to France and other neighbors over Britain’s new security agreement with the United States and Australia.
“Give me a break,” he told reporters, calling for calm in France after the outrage, and Paris recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra.
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Britain was a “third wheel” in the agreement, guilty of “persistent opportunism”.
But Johnson said: “Now is the time to ‘grab’ some of our dearest friends around the world.
“Give me a break,” he told Sky News during a visit to Washington because it is primarily a major step towards global security.
He added that instead of playing a trick on Europe’s neighbors, the three very like-minded allies stood shoulder to shoulder, creating a new partnership for technology sharing.
“I find it very difficult not to like anything in this agreement.”
France on Monday canceled a scheduled meeting between its defense minister, Florence Parley, and her British counterpart, Ben Wallace.