FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova (not seen) on the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Picture
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will focus on Brexit with Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he has invited to go to within the subsequent few weeks, an official from Macron’s Elysee workplace stated on Friday.
The 2 leaders spoke on Thursday, and Macron’s talks with Johnson can be in regard to the calls for of the European Union about Brexit, the official added.
On getting into Downing Road on Wednesday, Johnson arrange a showdown with the EU by vowing to barter a brand new deal and threatening that, if the bloc refused, he would take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 and not using a deal.
One of many important areas of rivalry between Britain and the EU over the phrases of Brexit has been the Irish backstop.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar stated this week there can be no withdrawal settlement or subsequent commerce pact with Britain if it didn’t settle for the backstop.
The backstop is an insurance coverage coverage to provisionally maintain Britain in a customs union with the EU, pending a greater answer, to forestall the return of a tough border between the Irish Republic and Northern Eire.
European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker additionally instructed Johnson this week divorce deal agreed by predecessor Theresa Could final November was the very best and solely take care of the European Union.
Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Extra reporting by Arthur Connan; Modifying by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Clarence Fernandez