France 24 said that President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said preserving European Union unity was more important than forging a close relationship with post-Brexit Britain, and hit out at what he called US President Donald Trump’s “aggressive” isolationism.
Macron, who met Prime Minister Theresa May for talks on Britain’s departure from the EU during the summer, said he wanted to reach a Brexit deal by the end of the year and showed no signs of breaking ranks with other EU capitals.
“France wants to maintain a strong, special relationship with London but not if the cost is the European Union’s unravelling,” he told a gathering of French ambassadors.
Brexit, Macron said, “is a sovereign choice, which we must respect, but it can’t come at the expense of the European Union’s integrity”.
In a one-and-a-half hour speech outlining his diplomatic priorities for the year ahead, Macron made no major policy shifts, but spoke forcefully on what he labelled the “crisis of multilateralism” and the need to make Europe more “sovereign”.
“Multilateralism is going through a major crisis which collides with all our diplomatic activity, above all because of US policy,” he said.
“The partner with whom Europe built the new post-World War order appears to be turning its back on this shared history,” he said.
Europe can no longer entrust its security to the United States alone. Today, it is up to us to assume our responsibilities and to guarantee security – and thereby European sovereignty.
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The Telegraph reports : Emmanuel Macron, the French president, on Monday said preserving European Union unity was more important than forging a close relationship with post-Brexit Britain, and hit out at what he called US President Donald Trump’s “aggressive” isolationism.
Like on France 24, Macron is reported to have called on Europe to be “a trade and economic power”, which defends its strategic interests and financial independence with tools that can fend off US extraterritorial sanctions.