France’s Macron tells Johnson: Not enough time for a new #Brexit deal

| August 23, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron firmly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday (22 August) that there was not enough time to negotiate a wholly new Brexit divorce deal, write William James and Michel Rose.

Britain’s destiny lay in Johnson’s hands alone, Macron said, adding that while no-deal was not a scenario desired by the EU the bloc would be ready for such an eventuality.

“I want to be very clear: in the month ahead, we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original,” the French leader said in the Elysee Palace courtyard alongside Johnson.

But he extended a hand to Johnson, adding: “Nobody is going to wait until 31 October without trying to find a good solution.”

Johnson told Macron that he wanted a Brexit deal and believed it was still possible to reach one in time for the 31 October deadline.

He said he had been “powerfully encouraged” by what he had heard from German Chancellor Angela Merkel during talks in Berlin on Wednesday.

“Let’s get Brexit done, let’s get it done sensibly and pragmatically and in the interests of both sides and let’s not wait until 31 October,” Johnson said. “Let’s get on now in deepening and intensifying the friendship and partnership between us.”

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