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EU cannot be held hostage by Brexit crisis, says president Macron

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 2, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned UK Prime Minister Theresa May that the EU will not be held responsible for finding a solution to the Brexit mess which Britain finds itself in, insisting they will not be held “hostage.”
Emmanuel Macron
Europe   President Emmanuel Macron
Macron, who had been holding face-to-face talks with the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on the Brexit crisis, told reporters in Paris that it was the responsibility of May’s government to come up with a credible alternative EU withdrawal plan.

The French president urged the embattled UK prime minister to table a viable alternative before the EU Council summit, scheduled for April 10, otherwise she risks exiting without a deal or a lengthy delay to Brexit. Macron argued that failure to secure a deal will fall squarely at the door of the UK.

On the prospect of the UK requesting a long extension to article 50, Macron insisted that such a plea cannot be “taken for granted,” claiming it was not inevitable that the EU would give the green light to a further Brexit delay.