DOWNING Street has denied reports that the Prime Minister is to take legal action against a British newspaper.

The New European claimed their editor had been told Boris Johnson was to sue them for defamation following a story they published about his dining with former Telegraph journalists after taking a private jet from COP26.

In reportage firmly denied by Downing Street, the paper claimed Johnson told those in attendance at the dinner at the all-male Garrick Club that he had regrets about marrying his wife Carrie Johnson.

The paper claimed Johnson told those in attendance he had “buyer’s remorse” about the wedding.

One dinner guest allegedly told The New European: “Clearly he just assumed he was amongst friends, but it was a remarkable thing to say and there were a number of raised eyebrows around the table.”

Downing Street has firmly denied the story has any truth, with a spokesperson allegedly telling the paper’s editor via text: “The Prime Minister did not make this remark. The allegation is untrue and defamatory.”

The New European said its editor, Matt Kelly, was called by a Number 10 press officer on Thursday night to inform him that Johnson would be taking legal action over the story.

The paper said it stands by the truth of its piece.

However, asked about the legal action, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson denied that there was any, and refuted The New European’s story entirely.

They said: “The Prime Minister has been clear he never made those remarks, they’re completely untrue, they were never said.”

The spokesperson repeatedly denied that Johnson was looking to take legal action.

In a statement released by Kelly on Friday afternoon, the New European said it stood by both of its stories

Carrie Johnson is currently pregnant with her second child by Boris Johnson.

The New European is a pro-EU paper which began publication in the wake of the UK’s Leave vote in the 2016 referendum.

Originally owned by publisher Archant, the paper was bought out in February of this year by a consortium including Kelly, the newspaper’s founder, Mark Thompson, the former New York Times chief executive and former director-general of the BBC, and former Financial Times editor Lionel Barber.