France's Macron to discuss Brexit with Britain's Johnson in coming weeks
26 Jul 2019
Macron welcomes Slovakia's President Zuzana Caputova (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. File photo/ Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss Brexit with Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom he has invited to visit in the next few weeks, an official from Macron’s Elysee office said on Friday.
The two leaders spoke on Thursday, and Macron’s talks with Johnson would be in regard to the demands of the European Union about Brexit, the official added.
On entering Downing Street on Wednesday, Johnson set up a showdown with the EU by vowing to negotiate a new deal and threatening that, if the bloc refused, he would take Britain out of the EU on Oct.31 without a deal.
One of the main areas of contention between Britain and the EU over the terms of Brexit has been the Irish backstop.