French President Emmanuel Macron stated that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains loyal to the disengagement agreement with the European Union, he will renew his contract with the United Kingdom. European Commission President Ursula von der Lein also issued a similar message. .
Since Britain completed the Brexit process at the end of last year, relations with European groups, especially France, have cooled, and Macron has become London’s most resounding critic of refusing to respect parts of the Brexit agreement.
According to Reuters, at the G7 summit held in southwest England, Macron told Johnson that the two countries have common interests, but only if Johnson keeps his Brexit promise can relations between the two countries improve.
An unnamed source said: “The President told Boris Johnson that the French-British relationship needs to be reset.”
“This will only happen if Johnson keeps his promise to the Europeans,” the same source added.
The Elysée Palace believes that France and the United Kingdom share a common vision and interests on some global issues, as well as “a common approach to transatlantic policy.”
European Commission President Von der Lein will also participate in the G7 summit in Cabis Bay, saying that Johnson must abide by the promise of the Brexit agreement he signed. She added that the 27 member states are unanimous on this issue.
“The Good Friday agreement and peace on the island of Ireland are of paramount importance. Both parties must implement the agreement,” Von der Lein said. She added: “The EU is fully united in this regard.”
Later on Saturday, Johnson will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and she is expected to dispute the Northern Ireland Protocol related part of the Brexit agreement.
As the host of the G7 summit, the British Prime Minister hopes that this gathering will focus on global issues. It strongly defended its position on trade with Northern Ireland and called on the EU to be more flexible in the way it promotes trade between the UK and its province.
The protocol stipulates that the province borders the European member Ireland and remains in the customs territory of the UK and the EU single market. However, London pointed out that due to the disruption in the supply of daily necessities and supplies in Northern Ireland, this is not sustainable in its current form.