August 22, 2019 / 11:36 AM / 25 days ago

France's Macron: No time to negotiate new Brexit deal

PARIS, Aug 22 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday told Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson there was not enough time in the month ahead to negotiate a new Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop within 30 days — a challenge which Johnson readily accepted.

“What Chancellor Merkel said yesterday, and which is in line with the substance of our talks, is that we need visibility in 30 days,” Macron told reporters standing alongside Johnson.

“Nobody is going to wait until Oct. 31 without trying to find a good solution.” (Reporting by Michel Rose and William James Editing by Richard Lough and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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