UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — France and Ireland on Friday issued a warning to new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has announced his intention to renegotiate the Brexit deal, accusing him of putting Britain on a “collision course” with the European Union.
Johnson said Thursday that the former Prime Minister Theresa May’s “precast” agreement was “unacceptable” and called on the EU to conduct new negotiations. In particular, he called for the “cancellation” of the “safety net” clause on the Irish border, which was met with the rejection of the European Union negotiator in the file Brexit Michel Barnier.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Friday accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair of placing Britain “deliberately” on the “path of Saddam” with the European Union.
European leaders have reiterated that they are not in a position to renegotiate the Brexit agreement reached in November.
On Thursday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reiterated to Johnson that this was the only possible agreement for the European Union.
“In the coming weeks, France will be able to negotiate calmly in reassuring circumstances about how to work after the disengagement agreement and how to work tomorrow,” French Secretary of State for European Affairs Emily de Munchalin said in response to France 2 questions.
“I prefer to comment on actions rather than rhetoric, especially the campaign speech or the speech of government,” she said.
“We are working with the government being formed” in the UK, she said.
“We have reached an agreement, and what remains to be negotiated is the future relationship, and we have to be responsible,” she said. “This means that we must be clear and look away, and in return we have to establish a working relationship, and not be dragged behind positions and provocations,” she said.
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“If no agreement is reached, it means there will not be a relationship of trust” with the UK. “The Swiss and the Norwegians are not in the European Union, but we trust them because we have established a comfortable commercial, cultural and economic relationship with them,” she concluded.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they had invited Johnson to visit Paris and Berlin.
McCron made a telephone call Thursday night to Johnson, as the French presidency has made clear.
During the meeting, he congratulated the French president, who is currently on holiday in Brighanson (South), Johnson by appointment, and “expressed satisfaction with their cooperation on European and international bilateral issues,” the presidency said.
McCron and Johnson agreed to discuss the Brexit issue in the coming weeks “within the framework of respecting the conditions of the European Union,” she said.
Johnson’s spokesman said the men “talked about Brexit” during the call but in a brief form.
The German chancellor also called Johnson and congratulated him on his new job and invited him to visit Berlin soon. Johnson accepted the invitation.
“The talks dealt mainly with Britain’s exit from the European Union and deepening bilateral relations,” said chancellor spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer.
The new British prime minister is expected to visit France a month later to attend the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to be held from 24 to 26 August in Biarritz.
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