Boris Johnson told off by Ursula von der Leyen for not wearing face mask before crucial Brexit talks

More hectoring from an EU bureaucrat, or a jumped-up Briton not being respectful in Brussels? When Boris Johnson arrived in Belgium on Wednesday night for crucial Brexit talks with the European Commission president, he probably expected a lecture. But no sooner had he got out of his car and arrived for the meeting was he cautioned by Ursula von der Leyen for not maintaining social distancing (watch the video above). As the two leaders posed for the cameras, the Prime Minister asked Ms Von der Leyen if they were taking their masks off. The EC president agreed, but as Mr Johnson stepped too close to her, she told him to "keep distance" before they briefly removed their face coverings. Ms von der Leyen added: "Then we have to put it back on. You have to put it back on immediately." The Prime Minister responded, saying: "You run a tight ship here, Ursula, and quite right too." The pair then headed off for dinner as talks on a post-Brexit trade deal remained on a knife-edge. Read more: Steely and determined – the real Ursula von der Leyen Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has been told to "seize his place in history" at the "most important time politically" since the 1688 glorious revolution by one of the leaders of the Tory party's Eurosceptic wing. In an interview for today's Chopper's Politics podcast, which you can listen to on the audio player below, David Jones MP, the vice chairman of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs, said that at stake in the Brexit trade talks "is the future of this country as an independent nation".

Boris Johnson told off by Ursula von der Leyen for not wearing face mask before crucial Brexit talks

More hectoring from an EU bureaucrat, or a jumped-up Briton not being respectful in Brussels?

When Boris Johnson arrived in Belgium on Wednesday night for crucial Brexit talks with the European Commission president, he probably expected a lecture.

But no sooner had he got out of his car and arrived for the meeting was he cautioned by Ursula von der Leyen for not maintaining social distancing (watch the video above).

As the two leaders posed for the cameras, the Prime Minister asked Ms Von der Leyen if they were taking their masks off.

The EC president agreed, but as Mr Johnson stepped too close to her, she told him to "keep distance" before they briefly removed their face coverings.

Ms von der Leyen added: "Then we have to put it back on. You have to put it back on immediately."

The Prime Minister responded, saying: "You run a tight ship here, Ursula, and quite right too."

The pair then headed off for dinner as talks on a post-Brexit trade deal remained on a knife-edge.

Read more: Steely and determined – the real Ursula von der Leyen

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has been told to "seize his place in history" at the "most important time politically" since the 1688 glorious revolution by one of the leaders of the Tory party's Eurosceptic wing.

In an interview for today's Chopper's Politics podcast, which you can listen to on the audio player below, David Jones MP, the vice chairman of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs, said that at stake in the Brexit trade talks "is the future of this country as an independent nation".