July 26, 2019 / 6:13 AM / 4 months ago

We're ready to work with Johnson on post-Brexit relationship: French state minister

FILE PHOTO: Amelie de Montchalin, newly-appointed French Junior Minister for European affairs, leaves the Elysee Palace following the weekly cabinet meeting in Paris, France, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - France is ready to work with Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson but Paris and other European capitals will not renegotiate the terms of the hard-fought Brexit deal, France’s state minister for European affairs said on Friday.

“President Emmanuel Macron will meet Boris Johnson in the coming weeks in France. We want to work with him. Work,” Amelie de Montchalin told public broadcaster France 2.

De Montchalin said the Withdrawal Agreement, which Britain’s parliament has rejected three time, was the best way to ensure Britain’s orderly exit from the bloc and that the focus should now be on defining the future relationship.

Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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