Brexit deal decision to come within days, says Macron

Mr Macron said a deal should 'respect EU principles'

Monday, October 7, 2019

Boris Johnson has urged EU leaders to make compromises in Brexit negotiations after the French President said a decision on his Brexit proposal would be made by the end of the week.

The Prime Minister told Emmanuel Macron that Brussels should not be lured into the “mistaken belief” that Britain would extend its membership of the bloc beyond October 31.

This comes after a court hearing last week, that heard Mr Johnson would accept legislation that would require him to seek a Brexit delay if a deal cannot be reached by October 19.

Downing Street said the so-called Benn Act is “undermining negotiations” and that it would be an “historic misunderstanding” if the EU thought it would prevent no deal.

Mr Macron reportedly told the Prime Minister the decision would come within days over a phone call this weekend.

An Elysee official said negotiations “should continue swiftly” to decide by the end of the week “whether a deal is possible that respects European Union principles”.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson made clear in calls to European leaders over the weekend that it was the final chance to strike a deal, but said the EU must match the compromises the UK has made.

A senior Downing Street source said: “This is the chance to get a deal done: a deal that is backed by parliamentarians and a deal which involves compromise on all sides.

“The UK has made a big, important offer but it's time for the Commission to show a willingness to compromise too. If not the UK will leave with no deal.”

Mr Johnson is expected to speak with other European leaders on Monday, and could travel to the continent later in the week in a bid to secure an agreement.

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