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France: EU ‘cannot be held hostage’ by UK political crisis says Macron03:06

France: EU ‘cannot be held hostage’ by UK political crisis says Macron

France, Paris
April 2, 2019 at 17:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

French President Emmanuel Macron said the European Union “cannot be held hostage by the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom,” in a press conference with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday.

The two leaders met to discuss the situation in the United Kingdom and its consequences on Ireland and France.

"If the United Kingdom is not able, nearly three years after the referendum, to propose a solution which garners the support of a majority, it will de facto have chosen by itself to leave without a deal," Macron said. "The European Union cannot be held hostage by the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom."

The French President added: "We will never abandon, no matter what happens, Ireland and the Irish people, because that solidarity is the very meaning of the European project."

The British government has been unable to obtain a deal with EU negotiators that garner a majority in the House of Commons. The deadline has been pushed from March 29 to April 12.

France: EU ‘cannot be held hostage’ by UK political crisis says Macron03:06
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French President Emmanuel Macron said the European Union “cannot be held hostage by the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom,” in a press conference with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday.

The two leaders met to discuss the situation in the United Kingdom and its consequences on Ireland and France.

"If the United Kingdom is not able, nearly three years after the referendum, to propose a solution which garners the support of a majority, it will de facto have chosen by itself to leave without a deal," Macron said. "The European Union cannot be held hostage by the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom."

The French President added: "We will never abandon, no matter what happens, Ireland and the Irish people, because that solidarity is the very meaning of the European project."

The British government has been unable to obtain a deal with EU negotiators that garner a majority in the House of Commons. The deadline has been pushed from March 29 to April 12.