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No new Brexit divorce deal: Macron

Macron left the door open to Britain seeking a solution to the Irish 'backstop'

By Reuters in Paris

  • Published 23.08.19, 2:12 AM
  • Updated 23.08.19, 2:12 AM
French President Emmanuel Macron bids farewell to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Elysee Palace in Paris on August 22, 2019.
French President Emmanuel Macron bids farewell to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Elysee Palace in Paris on August 22, 2019. (AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to wholly rewrite Britain’s Brexit divorce deal before an Oct. 31 deadline.

Johnson met Macron at the Elysee Palace a day after talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the agreed safety net provision for the UK-Irish land border.

More than three years after the UK voted to quit the EU, it is still unclear on what terms — or indeed whether — the bloc’s second largest economy will leave the club it joined in 1973.

Macron left the door open to Britain seeking a solution to the Irish “backstop”, but said any alternative must respect both the integrity of the EU single market and stability on the divided island of Ireland.

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