Frustrated Guy Verhofstadt kicks BBC's Katya Adler out of his office after Brexit grilling

Express 2 months ago

Dramatic footage showed that frustrated Guy Verhofstadt "nearly call security" on a BBC reporter after questioning about his Brexit stance. In a video posted on the BBC’s Brexitcast, Europe editor Katya Adler tries valiantly to ask the head of the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group about Boris Johnson's latest proposals. Mr Verhofstadt was frustrated with the reporter and later kicked her out of his EU office. 

Katya Adler told Brexitcast: “I asked him question after question after question and by the end of it, he just wanted me out of his office!

“He just tried to walk me out of the office. He wouldn’t let me sit down and he kept trying to walk away."

She admitted on the BBC that she was later kicked out of the office by Mr Verhofstadt. 

Political Correspondent Chris Mason remarked that the senior EU figure looked like he was “about to call security” on Adler.

Dramatic footage showed that frustrated Guy Verhofstadt "nearly call security" on a BBC reporter
Chris Mason remarked that the senior EU figure looked like he was “about to call security” on Adler

In the video, Mr Verhofstadt told the BBC reporter: “This is your last question! You are worse than a politician.”

Adler responds: “You can literally kick me out. My last question, I promise.”

When asked about Brexit, Mr Verhofstadt claimed Mr Johnson's proposal for an alternative Brexit plan was "not serious".

The EU's Brexit Steering Group, which the Belgian MEP leads, said it had "grave concerns" about the proposals.

BBC’s Laura Knuessberg remarked the the Belgian MEP's criticism were not a surprise

He told Adler: “We have serious doubts about the seriousness of these proposals.

"We saw a memo was leaked sent by 10 Downing Street to Tory MPs to immediately blame the EU.

"We are very sceptical about this proposal because mainly it is repackaging the old proposals that have already been discussed between the two parties."


Verhofstadt finally responded by claiming Mr Johnson's proposal for an alternative Brexit plan was "not serious"

Following the interview, BBC’s Laura Knuessberg remarked the Belgian MEP's criticism was not a surprise.

She said: "He is an ultra, isn’t it? He appeared at the Lib Dem conference, so he wants to stop this whole thing from happening."

The European Parliament will have to ratify any Brexit agreement that is agreed between the UK and the European Commission.

Mr Johnson's proposals would see Northern Ireland remain aligned to EU regulation with customs checks being made away from the border.

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted the EU was "open but still unconvinced" about the plan, and would "stand fully behind Ireland".

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