November 14, 2018 / 1:23 PM / a month ago

Brexit draft deal "encouraging" but France still cautious - government spokesman

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron attends the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France November 12, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron considers the draft Brexit deal agreed by UK and EU negotiators as an encouraging sign but remains cautious as the text still needs to be examined in detail, said government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.

“It’s an encouraging sign considering what happened in the last weeks or months, but we obviously remain very prudent,” said Griveaux on Wednesday, speaking after a weekly cabinet meeting.

“We will take the time to examine the draft deal in detail and there will be an agreement when heads of states and governments have had the possibility to go through the draft text in detail,” he added, reporting Macron’s comments to cabinet.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is in the process of trying to convince senior ministers to accept a draft European Union divorce deal that opponents say threatens both her government and the unity of the United Kingdom.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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