Brexit: Macron backs more talks as Johnson visits France

Brexit: Macron backs more talks as Johnson visits France

Paris - Macron supported allowing another 30 days to find a solution to the vexed issue of the Irish border.



By AFP

Published: Thu 22 Aug 2019, 10:59 PM

Last updated: Fri 23 Aug 2019, 1:00 AM

French leader Emmanuel Macron backed the idea of a month of further talks to find a solution to Brexit while ruling out major compromises as he met British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for talks on Thursday.

Like German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, Macron supported allowing another 30 days to find a solution to the vexed issue of the Irish border which has bedevilled negotiations since 2017.

"We need to try to have a useful month," Macron said alongside Johnson who insisted that solutions were "readily available" to prevent checkpoints returning in divided Ireland.

But the French President, who admitted he had a reputation as the "hardest in the gang" on Brexit, has rejected Johnson's calls to scrap a key arrangement for Ireland negotiated between the EU and former British premier Theresa May. - AFP


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