Rishi Sunak slaps down Ursula von der Leyen’s call for UK to reverse Brexit

Downing Street has rejected Ursula von der Leyen’s call for young people to reverse Brexit.

The European Commission President yesterday urged the next generation to “fix” Britain’s split from Brussels.

Asked if Rishi Sunak agreed with Mrs von der Leyen, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said today: “No.

“It’s through our Brexit freedoms that we are, right now, considering how to further strengthen our migration system.

“It is through our Brexit freedoms we are ensuring patients in the UK can get access to medicines faster, that there is improved animal welfare. That is very much what we are focused on.”

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Asked if Brexit was in peril, the spokesman added: “No.”

Mr Sunak’s press secretary also highlighted Mr Sunak’s Brexiteer credentials.

She said: “We have a Prime Minister who championed Brexit before it was in his career interest to do so because he believes in it passionately.

“We are very focused on making a success of it.”

Mrs von der Leyen’s comments came in an interview at a Politico awards ceremony on Tuesday night in the Belgian capital.

Asked whether Britain could ever rejoin the EU, Ms von der Leyen said: “I must say, I keep telling my children: ‘You have to fix it. We goofed it up, you have to fix it.’

“So I think here too, the direction of travel – my personal opinion – is clear.”

She also described the Windsor Framework, signed by her and Mr Sunak in a bid to resolve issues with post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland, as “a new beginning for old friends”.

It comes after Lord David Cameron, who made a sensational return to politics as Foreign Secretary, called for the UK to be a “friend, a neighbour and the best possible partner” to the EU.

But the former prime minister’s remarks prompted a backlash from some Tory Brexiteers.

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