Live: Macron and Johnson hold joint press conference before talks in Paris
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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for talks Thursday in Paris amid persistent disagreements over how the UK will leave the European Union. Watch FRANCE 24's live coverage.
Macron has said that Johnson's demand to renegotiate the divorce deal was not workable and warned Britain that it risked being subordinated by the United States if it crashed out of the European Union.
"The future of the UK, based on our history and our values, is in Europe," Macron said in prepared remarks ahead of the talks with Johnson.
Speaking of the looming threat that Britain could crash out of the European bloc without an exit agreement in place, Johnson said: “Of course, I want a deal. And I think we can get a deal – and a good deal."
But he added: “It is vital for trust in politics that, if you have a referendum, then you should act on the instructions of the voters. And that is why we must come out of the EU on October the 31st, deal or no deal.”
The talks come a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted that a negotiated departure from the European Union may still be possible.
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