Polish SNUBS PM Boris Johnson hopes for farewell visit as Mateusz Morawiecki says he’s too busy
Polish SNUBS PM Boris Johnson hopes for farewell visit as Mateusz Morawiecki says he’s too busy to meet outgoing PM
- Boris Johnson was due to meet Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw
- Number 10 has now been told a visit will not take place as Mr Morawiecki is too busy
- The trip was planned as part of Mr Johnson’s series of farewells to world leaders
Boris Johnson’s hopes of a farewell visit to Poland have been dashed after the country’s Prime Minister told Downing Street he was too busy, it has been learned.
In what was to be part of a series of farewell visits and phone calls with world leaders, Mr Johnson was due to meet Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw.
But Number 10’s efforts to organize the trip have now failed, with Mr Morawiecki’s office reporting that he had pulled out of a meeting tentatively scheduled for Monday.
They also reportedly told Downing Street that it was unlikely the Polish Prime Minister would be able to find time to meet Mr Johnson before he left Downing Street in early September.
Boris Johnson was due to meet Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw – but the Polish PM has now told Downing Street he is too busy
Previous plans for Mr Johnson to visit Poland fell through due to the Prime Minister’s attendance at David Trimble’s funeral
British and Polish officials were originally due to meet on July 11.
But Mr Morawiecki’s office revealed yesterday that these had been canceled at the request of Number 10 after Mr Johnson announced his resignation as Prime Minister following a revolt by Tory MPs.
The talks are now due to take place after either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak is elected as the new Tory leader and successor to Mr Johnson.
Plans were also made for Mr Johnson to travel to Warsaw on August 1, but these fell through due to the Prime Minister’s attendance at the funeral of David Trimble, the former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.
According to Bloomberg, a meeting tentatively agreed on Aug. 8 also fell through.
And the website reported that Mr Morawiecki’s office told Number 10 that – in addition to not being able to meet on August 8 – it was now unlikely the Polish leader would be able to find the time to host Mr. Johnson before he left Downing Street.
It has also been claimed that Number 10 and the White House have yet to find time for a final phone call between Mr Johnson and US President Joe Biden.
The Prime Minister spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday as he holds his final conversations with world leaders while still in office.
Downing Street said Mr Johnson and Mr Macron discussed efforts to end the Channel migrant crisis, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s actions on Taiwan.
Had he been to Warsaw, one would have expected the Prime Minister to again hail British efforts to support Ukraine – which, along with Brexit, should be his lasting legacy from his time in the number 10.
After a meeting with Mr Morawiecki in Warsaw in March, at the start of the Russian invasion, Mr Johnson used a press conference in the Polish capital to declare that Vladimir Putin was “doomed”.
The Prime Minister also faced an emotional appeal from a Ukrainian activist to help establish a no-fly zone above the skies of his homeland.