September 20, 2018 / 2:19 PM / 3 months ago

Macron calls May's Chequers plan 'unacceptable', expects new proposals in October

President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference after the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the Brexit plan proposed by British Prime Minister’s Theresa May was unacceptable in its current form and that he expected new proposals from Britain in October to sort out pending issues.

“It was a good and brave step by the prime minister,” Macron told reporters. “But we all agreed on this today, the proposals in their current state are not acceptable, especially on the economic side of it,” he said.

“The Chequers plan cannot be take it or leave it,” he added.

The French president, who has taken a hard stance on preserving the European Union’s united front in talks on Britain’s departure from the bloc, said Brexit showed other countries that leaving the EU had negative consequences.

“Those who explain that we can easily live without Europe, that everything is going to be alright, and that it’s going to bring a lot of money home are liars,” Macron said.

“It’s even more true since they left the day after so as not to have to deal with it,” he said, referring to top Brexit proponents.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Ingrid Melander

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