The foreign secretary said the terminally ill child cannot leave Great Ormond Street Hospital for legal reasons

Terminally ill Charlie Gard cannot be transferred to the Vatican’s children’s hospital for treatment, foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Johnson told his Italian counterpart, Angelino Alfano, legal reasons prevented Charlie being moved out of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The president of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù hospital had offered to take Charlie into their care after the European Court of Human Rights ruled doctors had the right to turn off his life support.

The BBC reports Mr Johnson said it was “right that decisions continued to be led by expert medical opinion, supported by the courts”.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May also said she was “confident” Great Ormond Street “have and always will consider any offers or new information that has come forward with consideration of the well-being of a desperately ill child”.