UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused of being “provocative” by Senior MEP Manfred Weber.
Senior German member of the European Parliament Manfred Weber said Mr Johnson’s comments were “unbelievable” given his warnings about Turkish migrants during the UK’s EU referendum.
I CAN NOT RESPECT HIM ANYMORE
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson told MPs UK-EU relations were “excellent”.
Mr Weber – head of the centre-right EPP grouping in the European Parliament – was speaking to reporters in Strasbourg about Brexit talks when he turned to Mr Johnson’s offer to help Turkey join the EU, an offer made during his September visit to Ankara.
Mr Weber said: “He himself did, in the Brexit campaign, leaflets where he showed Turkey, Syria and Iraq as possible members of the European Union, making people afraid of possible EU migration waves.
HE USED IT HIMSELF…
“He used it himself, and then, a few weeks afterwards, he is travelling to [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and he is offering support for becoming a member of the European Union – it is unbelievable, it is a provocation and it is arrogant what we hear from him.
“I cannot respect this any more, what he is doing in this regard.”
Mr Weber said: “Please step back. It is a question of fairness, of respect. When you want to leave a club, you have no say any more in the long-term future of this club.”