British Prime Minister Theresa May announced in Paris on Tuesday that the timetable for negotiations on the Union’s exit from the EU will not change and start next week.
“The timetable for the Brexit negotiations will remain unchanged and will begin next week,” said the British Prime Minister, Emmanuel Macron, in a joint press conference with French President. “We will find a compromise that will serve the UK at the same time, but also the interests of the 27 countries that remain in the European Union,” he added.
The French President has confirmed that he would like the negotiations to “start as quickly as possible”. Emmueluel Macron indicated that the gateway to the European Union will “always be open” to Britain in order to stay in the European Union until “exit negotiations are over.” “But once they have started, it’s much harder to get back,” he said, confirming that he respected the decision of the British people.
The original plans are to start the Brexit negotiations on June 19, but the outcome of the early British elections, due to the defeating victory of the conservative party, is a great deal of uncertainty as to whether or not to keep the timetable. Leaders of the European Union and Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Brexit chief negotiator, have also been concerned in recent days over the slowness of the negotiations.
Emmanuel Macron also announced that his country and Britain are launching a “very concrete action plan” to fight terrorism to prevent online propaganda.
“We decided to go further with a very concrete action plan we have been working on for several days,” said the French president. In this connection, they both referred to recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.
Emmanuel Macron indicated that one of the most important measures envisaged was to eliminate hate and terrorism on the Internet. It is planned that the British and French authorities will confirm the obligation on service providers to cancel all incoming content.
“Commitments have already been made, but they are not enough. While maintaining the confidentiality of correspondence, access to encrypted content must be improved so that messaging can not become a tool for terrorists and criminals,” said the French president.
“We have agreed to do more against cyber-terrorism. The key is to provide an opportunity to legally bind companies to delete content if they do not do it,” Theresa May said.
The leader of the two countries visited France-England for a friendly football match at the Saint-Denis national stadium after a series of hours of work, where they remembered one-minute silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks.