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French President Emmanuel Macron changes his tune and urges EU leaders to make a Brexit deal with Britain


EMMANUEL Macron is said to be pushing other EU leaders to agree to a close relationship with Britain after Brexit.

The French president wants to to spell out his vision for a new structure for Europe, The Times reports.

 Macron will warned that EU can't risk its integrity ahead of a Brexit trade deal

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Macron will warned that EU can’t risk its integrity ahead of a Brexit trade deal

The paper said it would based on having the EU and the euro at its core and Britain in a second ring.
The decision suggests he is softening opposition to the prime minister’s Chequers proposals.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier also offered Britain an unprecedented trade deal that would “be as close as possible”.

On Monday Macron urged EU countries to stick to their hardline stance on Brexit amid signs some are softening towards Britain’s proposals.

 The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier also offered Britain an unprecedented trade deal

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The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier also offered Britain an unprecedented trade deal

The French president warned a trade deal with the UK “can’t come at the expense of the EU’s integrity” as he spelled out his vision for a European superstate.

But diplomats have now reportedly said he was concerned a “no deal” departure would shatter European ties.

A source said: “He sees a no-deal scenario as something that would break links and poison relations at a time when Europe needs to be united beyond the EU.”

Emmanuel Macron calls on EU to stick to hardline Brexit stance amid softening towards Britain’s proposals

There are fears the plan could open up rifts among European leaders.

Guntram Wolff, director of the Bruegel think tank, said: “There are two significant problems. The first problem is that it creates a hierarchy with the inner circle more important than outer circles.

“The second most important problem is that you have to assume the inner circle is united. That is not reality.”


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