Coronavirus UK news LIVE: Boris denies ‘bodies pile high’ over third lockdown quote as Europe open to jabbed Brits

BORIS Johnson has denied saying he would rather see “bodies pile high in their thousands” than have a third national lockdown.

The prime minister opposed allegations made by British newspaper that he had made the comments in October, just prior to England’s second national lockdown.

The Daily Mail on Monday reported that Mr Johnson exclaimed after a Number 10 meeting at the time: “No more ****ing lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands!”

But, asked if he had ever made those remarks during a visit to Wrexham at Monday lunchtime, the prime minister said: “No. The important thing I think people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work and they have.”

It comes as Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said the EU will welcome anyone jabbed with a vaccine approved by the bloc’s medicine’s agency this summer.

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