French President Emmanuel Macron promised this Saturday a “resumption” of relations with the United Kingdom if the country complies with the ‘Brexit’ agreements and especially the protocol on Northern Ireland.
Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a bilateral meeting this Saturday, on the sidelines of the G7 summit, in which they discussed the state of relations between the two countries and with the European Union (EU), deteriorated by unilateral decisions that the Kingdom United adopted in the imposition of customs controls in Northern Ireland.
In the course of the talks, the French president said he was willing to “re-establish” relations with the British, Elisha sources said.
However, Johnson reminded that this new beginning will be dependent “of the respect of the British for the word given to the Europeans and for the framework defined by the Brexit agreements”, added the sources.
Paris and London share, according to Macron, a “common vision” of major global issues and also of transatlantic policy, in particular on the need for arms control.
The issue of the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol has fully entered the summit of the seven most developed democracies and Johnson is expected to be subjected today to more pressure in the bilateral meetings he will hold, in addition to Macron, with the EU authorities and the Chancellor German, Angela Merkel.
In the last few hours, the statements have risen in tone. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab today urged the EU not to be “stubborn” in implementing customs controls between Britain and Northern Ireland, and assured, in statements to the BBC, that his government “will not allow the integrity of the UK to be threatened”.
The British government wants to unilaterally extend the exemption from controls on processed meat products, which expires on June 30, something the EU refuses to do under threat of sanctions that could lead to a trade war.