Brexit talks remain on course for next week, Theresa May confirms

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron exuded more positivity, saying that the door is still open for the U.K.to remain in the European Union.

'I confirmed to president Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course, ' she added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for the "great success" of his party after projections showed them set to win a sweeping majority in parliament.

Macron, who has repeatedly called for closer eurozone coordination, said Brexit negotiations must not "consume all our energy" at the expense of "essential projects to go further".

The comments follow the June 8 United Kingdom election in which May's Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority.

The new French president suggested in his recent election campaign he would seek to revise the Le Touquet agreement that allows each country to host the other's border controls.

On that occasion, the London crowd joined in with the singing of the French anthem, "La Marseillaise", which was also played before Premier League games the following weekend.

"The British government has said we will stay with the Brexit".

Speaking in the gardens of the Élysée Palace in Paris in a joint press conference with Theresa May, Macron made it clear that he respected the sovereign decision of the British people.

Echoing some of the rhetoric from British ministers about the need to allow the security services to access encrypted messages, Mr Macron said the intelligence agencies must be able to access digital content "no matter where it is located".

It includes exploring the creation of new laws that would impose penalties on internet companies if they failed to act.

The band of the French Republican Guard also played Oasis's Don't Look Back in Anger - which became an anthem of solidarity with Manchester in the wake of the attack at last month's Ariana Grande concert - as England fans sang along with arms spread.

As part of this plan, social media companies will be pressed to do more.

"We now have strong and stable leadership but in France, not Britain", the Financial Times said in a commentary, echoing May's "strong and stable" mantra in her election campaign. After their talks, the two leaders will watch a France-England football match at the stade de France that will honor victims of extremist attacks in both countries.

"I offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the three innocent French victims killed in the awful attack in London last week", May said.

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