What Boris Johnson said to Italian Minister about Prosecco

Carlo Calenda, an Italian economic development minister, said it was insulting that  UK Foreign Secretary Johnson had told him during a recent meeting that Italy would grant Britain access to the EU’s single market “because you don’t want to lose prosecco exports”. “He basically said: ‘I don’t want free movement of people but I want the single market,’” he told Bloomberg. “I said: ‘No way.’ He said: ‘You’ll sell less prosecco.’ I said: ‘OK, you’ll sell less fish and chips, but I’ll sell less prosecco to one country and you’ll sell less to 27 countries.’ Putting things on this level is a bit insulting.” (The Guardian)

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “The foreign secretary’s comments reflect the strength of the trading relationship between the UK and Italy. “We’re looking to ensure this continues as we depart the EU.” (BBC)

Watch interview to Carlo Calenda via Bloomberg TV here: