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France says Brexit delay ‘in nobody’s interest’

France said on Saturday that any new delay in Britain's departure from the EU was "in nobody's interest" after British MPs postponed a decision on a new Brexit deal.

France says Brexit delay 'in nobody's interest'
Backbench MP Oliver Letwin drew up the amendment that delayed a meaningful vote on leaving the European Union. Photo: Jessica Taylor / UK Parliament / AFP
“An agreement has been negotiated. It is now up to the British parliament to say whether it accepts or rejects it,” the French presidency said. Following the vote, President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone to Prime
Minister Boris Johnson, the French presidency said.
   
The British Parliament voted by 322 votes to 306 in favour of an amendment effectively calling on Johnson to seek a Brexit extension to avoid a no-deal departure on October 31.
   
Macron had said on Thursday, when the deal was sealed between Johnson and the EU in Brussels, that he was “reasonably confident” it would be approved by British lawmakers.
   
“I think the October 31 date should be respected. I don't think that new deadlines should be given. We need to end these negotiations and get on with negotiating the future relationship,” he said on Friday.

Member comments

  1. It’s about time Macron realised that 27 other countries have a say in the EU not just France. It’s blatantly obvious that Macron fancies himself as the next EU president but of course all he lacks is political experience.

  2. I don’t understand this delay. The Brussels isn’t going to negotiate another deal – it’s over. So either we accept and leave with a bad deal or worse, leave without a deal – there is no ‘third way’ Either you fuckinig vote ‘yes’ or ‘No’. Common Briton – get on with it.
    I hope Mr Letwins constituents explain this to the noggin

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