Macron to restore relations with UK if Johnson ‘keeps his word’ on Brexit – –

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Macron to restore relations with UK if Johnson ‘keeps his word’ on Brexit – –


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                Le président français Emmanuel Macron a proposé samedi de rétablir les relations avec la Grande-Bretagne tant que le Premier ministre Boris Johnson s'en tient à l'accord de divorce sur le Brexit qu'il a signé avec l'Union européenne.
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                                    <p>Depuis que la Grande-Bretagne a achevé sa sortie de l'UE à la fin de l'année dernière, les relations avec le bloc et en particulier avec la France se sont détériorées, Macron devenant le critique le plus virulent du refus de Londres d'honorer les termes d'une partie de son accord sur le Brexit.

At a meeting at the Group of Seven Wealthy Nations in southwest England, Macron told Johnson that the two countries have common interests, but relations could only improve if Johnson kept his word on the Brexit, a source said.

“The president told Boris Johnson that it was necessary to reset Franco-British relations,” said the source, who requested anonymity.

“It can happen as long as he keeps his word with the Europeans,” the source said, adding that Macron spoke to Johnson in English.

“Shared approach”

The Elysee Palace said that France and Britain share a common vision and interests on many global issues and “a shared approach to transatlantic politics”.

Johnson will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later on Saturday, where she could also raise the dispute over part of the EU’s divorce deal called the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The British leader, who is hosting the G7 meeting, wants the summit to focus on global issues but has held firm on trade with Northern Ireland, calling on the EU to be more flexible in its approach to facilitate the trade to the province from Great Britain. .

The protocol aims to keep the province, which borders Ireland, a member of the EU, both in UK customs territory and in the EU’s single market. But London says the protocol is not viable in its current form due to the disruption it has caused in the supply of daily consumer goods in Northern Ireland.

(REUTERS)

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