Door still open to reverse Brexit, says Macron

  • Door still open to reverse Brexit, says Macron

Door still open to reverse Brexit, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the match at the Stade de France, to the north of the capital, as the hosts offered their solidarity to their visitors.

After two attacks in Britain in less than two weeks, May's plan to clamp down on hate speech online struck a chord with worldwide leaders, especially the French president, whose country has endured a string of attacks over the last three years.

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke at a press conference earlier this week before she met with French President Emmanuel Macron during her first trip overseas since the 2017 British general election.

"The door of course is still open as long as Brexit negotiations have not been concluded, but a sovereign decision to leave the European Union has been taken and I respect that decision".

Mr Macron said: "Of course the door remains open, always open, until the negotiations come to an end".

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

"Once it (the Brexit process) has started we need to be collectively clear that it's more hard to reverse course", he said at the Élysée palace.

She said last week's general election revealed "a unity of purpose" among British voters for the Government to get on with Brexit.

Mrs May was accompanied to Paris by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, with plans to stop the internet being a safe space for terrorists under discussion.

The two leaders agreed on an initiative to pressure tech companies to abide by their social responsibility of tackling online extremism and to create "a new legal liability for tech companies if they fail to remove unacceptable content".

"If they wanted to change their decision, of course they would find open doors, but I think it's not very likely", Schaeuble told Bloomberg Television.

With Britain entering a sixth day of political limbo as May is yet to seal a deal to prop up her minority government and faces calls to soften her stance on Brexit, May said the timetable for Brexit negotiations remained on course with talks due to start next week. "It's a unity of goal having voted to leave the European Union that their government gets on with that and makes a success of it", she said.