France considers a one-year extension to Brexit to be “too long,” a spokesman for Emmanuel Macron has said, ahead of the French President’s meeting with Theresa May on Tuesday.
A delay until March 31, 2019 was floated during last month’s EU Council summit, although was ultimately not pursued — as well as France appears set to block such a plan were the item to be raised again.
The spokesman reiterated of which the Withdrawal Agreement between May as well as the EU cannot be revisited, as well as also said Britain would likely need to accept “strict conditions” if the item is usually to receive a lengthy Brexit delay.
He raised concerns over whether the UK would likely interfere inside running of the EU during an extension period. “The EU must keep functioning as well as any Brexit delay must preserve the functioning of the EU,” he said.
“the item’s logical of which when you’re a member looking to leave you can’t build with the others,” the spokesman went on, adding of which the item would likely “make sense” for Britain to be excluded via the process of setting the EU budget or choosing the next President of the European Commission.
Those conditions would likely placate fears stoked by hardline Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who tweeted last week of which Britain “should be as difficult as possible” within the bloc if granted a long delay.
“inside event of a long extension the (remaining) 27 could demand reviews to look at whether the UK is usually honoring its commitments not to block the EU’s decision-producing,” the Élysée spokesman said.
“We don’t want to bet on the functioning of the EU. We can’t say to ourselves ‘everything will be fine’ (if) of which’s not the case. the item’s not about being nice or not nice. There’s a difference between a leaving member state as well as a member state. We can’t risk the European Union,” he added.
Those tough words indicate of which Macron will again prove a holdout in Europe’s discussions over a second Brexit extension. The French leader seemed more willing than most to allow Britain to crash out with no deal in March.
although Macron’s spokesman was keen to push back on the idea of which he is usually being unfair to Theresa May.
“France being portrayed as a bad cop is usually not correct. We are looking for solutions although we need to stay firm,” the spokesman said.