EU 'door remains open' to UK, says French president

Prime Minister Theresa May met Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday

EU 'door remains open' to UK, says French president

World Bulletin / News Desk

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that "the doors remain open" for Britain to stay in the European Union as long as Brexit negotiations are not concluded.

Speaking at a joint conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in Paris, Macron said that he wished Brexit negotiations would begin "as soon as possible."

"Of course the door remains open, always open until talks come to an end," Macron said, adding he respected the "sovereign decision taken by the British people to leave the EU".

"It’s not for me to say whether or not this decision should be questioned. But until negotiations come to an end, there is always a chance to reopen the door," Macron continued.

May for her part said the timetable of the Brexit negotiations "is maintained and they will start next week".

"I believe with the good process that has been set out by the EU for the negotiations that start next week, and willingness and intent on both sides, that we will see an arrangement in the interests of the U.K. and the remaining 27 EU countries," the British PM said, adding there was a "unity of purpose in Britain over Brexit" following the election.

May said the U.K. and France will continue to work together "in so many different areas [...] but nowhere is our cooperation closer than in the areas of defense and security."

May heads to the Brexit negotiations -- slated to start on June 19 -- weakened after having lost her majority in parliament in last week's snap election.

The two leaders were meeting in Paris for a working dinner before attending an international friendly football match between France and England at the Stade de France stadium.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Haziran 2017, 01:13