Macron, who has expressed impatience over repeated postponements of the deadline for Britain’s departure from the European Union, made the remarks as he hosted the brand new president of the European Council, Charles Michel, on the Elysee presidential palace.


 “We must be able to move forward quickly” after Thursday’s election, he stated.


Twenty-seven European Union leaders — all minus Boris Johnson — will meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to talk about Britain’s pending departure from the union, the topic of years of fraught negotiations between London and Brussels.


“In any event, it will be very important to stick with the method followed until now, that is to say unity of the 27, (EU Brexit negotiator) Michel Barnier alone conducting negotiations, rigour in defending our interests without yielding to pressure and while respecting, with Britain, the conditions of fair competition,” stated Macron.


Britain has till January 31 to go away the EU, after having obtained three postponements.


Michel underlined the significance of constructing “a close relationship with Britain” after Brexit, calling it “an extremely important partner for the European Union”.


This week’s talks will give attention to the EU’s post-Brexit ties with Britain, notably relating to commerce.


Also on the agenda is the EU’s finances, with Michel urging leaders not to dig of their heels, however as a substitute “move forward to bring different points of view closer together.”


“We need more political debates,” within the European Council, “without taboos”, stated Macron.


The future finances must reconcile the monetary loss from Britain stopping its contributions with new priorities equivalent to local weather change, safety, and defence considerations, on prime of current commitments equivalent to agriculture.

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