French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday offered to restore relations with Britain as long as Prime Minister Boris Johnson adheres to the Brexit divorce deal he signed with the European Union.
Since Britain completed its exit from the EU late last year, relations with the bloc and especially France have deteriorated, with Macron becoming the most vocal critic of London’s refusal to accept the terms of part of its Brexit deal. to come.
At a meeting in the group of seven wealthy nations in the southwest of England, Macron told Johnson the two countries had common interests, but ties could only improve if Johnson kept his word on Brexit, a source said.
“The president told Boris Johnson there was a need for a reset of the Franco-British relationship,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.
“This can happen provided he keeps his word to Europeans,” the source said, adding that Macron spoke to Johnson in English.
The Elysee Palace said France and Britain shared a common vision and common interests on many global issues and “a shared approach to transatlantic policy”.
Johnson will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel later on Saturday, where she can also discuss the dispute over part of the EU’s separation agreement, the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The British leader, who will host the G7 meeting, wants the summit to focus on global issues but has stood firm on trade with Northern Ireland and calls on the EU to be more flexible in its approach to trade from Great Britain to facilitate the province .
The protocol aims to keep the province, which borders EU member state Ireland, in both the United Kingdom’s customs territory and the EU’s internal market. But London says the protocol in its current form is untenable because of the disruption it has caused to supplies of everyday goods to Northern Ireland.