Posted on Aug 22, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron has said for the first time that the Withdrawal Agreement can be amended to allow the UK to leave the European Union with a deal.
On his first foreign trip since becoming Prime Minister, Johnson warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron that they will face a potentially disorderly no-deal Brexit on October 31st unless the EU agrees to a new deal.
Macron said “...we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original,” clearly showing that there is, indeed, room for renegotiation.
Johnson told Macron that he wanted a Brexit deal and believed it was still possible to reach one in time for the October deadline.
He said he had been “powerfully encouraged” by what he had heard from German Chancellor Angela Merkel during talks in Berlin on Wednesday.
“Let’s get Brexit done, let’s get it done sensibly and pragmatically and in the interests of both sides and let’s not wait until October 31,” Johnson said. “Let’s get on now in deepening and intensifying the friendship and partnership between us.”
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