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Theresa May to hold Brexit talks with Macron in France on Friday

French President Emmanuel Macron will host Theresa May on Friday, the Elysee Palace said Tuesday, as the British prime minister races to secure support for a deal on her country's exit from the European Union.

Theresa May to hold Brexit talks with Macron in France on Friday
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The two leaders will hold a working meeting and private dinner at the presidential retreat at Bregancon, where Macron and his wife Brigitte will be spending their summer holidays.
   
May, who will attend with her husband Philip, will be the first foreign leader invited to the fort at Bregancon, perched on a small peninsula on the Mediterranean coast.
   
Macron's office did not note any specific agenda items, but an agreement on Britain's divorce from the EU — set for March 29, 2019 — must be forged in principle before a European summit in mid-October.
   
The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier last week rejected May's proposal to keep the land frontier between the UK and EU member Ireland open and without a “hard border” that could severely hamper trade.
   
May's visit comes after Britain's new foreign minister Jeremy Hunt met his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris on Tuesday, one of several top British officials being dispatched by May to help drum up support amid difficult Brexit negotiations.
   
Hunt told French radio earlier Tuesday that a no-deal Brexit was “the last thing we want”, adding that May's chosen strategy was to push for continued close ties. 

Member comments

  1. The easiest answer to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is unification.
    My wife and I have a protestant son married to a Catholic Northern Irish girl. They have lived in the N.I. community for several years with no problem. Their children, our grandchildren, speak Irish and are totally Irish. So let`s stop messing about and do the obvious thing and make Northern Ireland and the republic one nation. Those protestants who do not agree should either move to Britain or accept the situation and build bridges with their neighbours and accept they are a minority who have a democratic right to freedom of expression.

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France to build new floating terminal to ensure gas supplies this winter

The French government aims to have its natural gas storage reserves at full capacity by autumn, with European countries bracing for supply cuts from major supplier Russia as the Ukraine war continues, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Thursday

France to build new floating terminal to ensure gas supplies this winter

“We are ensuring the complete filling of our storage capacities, aiming to be close to 100 percent by early autumn,” and France will also build a new floating methane terminal to receive more energy supplies by ship, Borne said.

France is much less dependant on Russian gas than its neighbours, and announced earlier this week that it has not received any Russian gas by pipeline since June 15th.

Meanwhile Germany moved closer to rationing natural gas on Thursday as it raised the alert level under an emergency plan after Russia slashed supplies to the country.

“Gas is now a scarce commodity in Germany,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters at a press conference.

French PM Borne on Thursday also confirmed that the bouclier tarifaire (price shield) will remain in pace until the end of 2022 – this freezes the price of household gas and limits rises in electricity bills for homes to four percent.

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