LONDON (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the United Kingdom on Thursday on the occasion of General de Gaulle’s 80th birthday at the call of the French resistance and speaking a brexit with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Macron, who will be hosted by the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, marks de Gaulle on June 18, 1940 Appeal from the BBC headquarters in London for resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during the Second World War.
Foreign Minister Dominique de Raab said that the visit showed that, despite some difficult episodes in centuries of Franco-British relations, the two neighbors stood next to each other when needed.
“It shows that with France, where we have had difficult relationships at times in our history, that in fact, when it really counts to stand shoulder to shoulder together,” Raab said.
“There is a wide range of questions, a brexit, COVID, I am in very close collaboration with the French on Iran, the Middle East and Hong Kong and in fact, it is really an important relationship and we are proud that he is coming here to confer this honor on London and the British people. ”
The UK has told the European Union that it needs to break the deadlock fundamentally to secure a Brexit trade deal in the coming months.
The UK left the EU on January 31, but the main terms of its membership remain in place for a transitional period until the end of this year, when both sides hope to have won and approved a free trade agreement.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; modification by Michael Holden
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