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Macron’s never-ending handshake with Johnson

Macron’s never-ending handshake with Johnson

French President Emmanuel Macron firmly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday that there was not enough time to negotiate a wholly new Brexit divorce deal.
22.08.2019 - 17:01

On his first foreign trip since winning the premiership a month ago, UK Prime Minister Johnson warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron that they will face a potentially disorderly no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 unless the European Union does a new deal.


Britain’s destiny lay in Johnson’s hands alone, Macron said, adding that while no-deal was not a scenario desired by the EU the bloc would be ready for such an eventuality.

"I want to be very clear: in the month ahead, we will not find a new withdrawal agreement that deviates far from the original," Macron said in the Elysee Palace courtyard alongside Johnson. But he extended a hand to Johnson, adding: "Nobody is going to wait until Oct. 31 without trying to find a good solution." Johnson told Macron that he wanted a Brexit deal and believed it was still possible to reach one in time for the Oct. 31 deadline.

The handshake between Johnson and Macron was long-lasting. French President nearly pushes Boris Johnson over in ridiculously long handshake.

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