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France's Macron offers 'open door' if Britain chooses to stay in EU

26 June 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the European Union after Prime Minister Theresa May said Brexit talks would begin next week.

After their press conference the two leaders headed to the Stade de France to watch a friendly match between the French and English football teams.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and France's President Emmanuel Macron hold a joint press conference in the grounds of The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 13, 2017.

"From a European point of view, as long as the negotiations are not over, there is still a possibility to change the course of events", Macron said, but warned that "as the negotiations go on, it will be more and more hard to go backwards".

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"Of course the door remains open, always open until talks come to an end", Macron said, adding he respected the "sovereign decision taken by the British people to leave the EU".

But he stressed too that he respected the sovereign decision of the British people to leave the European Union in their referendum a year ago, adding that the start of talks was an important milestone.

"We are united in our total condemnation of terrorism and our commitment to stamp out this evil", she said.

The Prime Minister flew to the French capital after breaking off from talks with the Democratic Unionist Party to shore up her minority government following last week's disastrous election results.

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In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Mr Schäuble said: "The British Government has said we will stay with the Brexit".

"We continue to work with all the parties in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in ensuring that we can continue to put in place those measures necessary to fulfil those agreements", she said.

Mrs May was accompanied to Paris by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, with plans to stop the internet being a safe space for terrorists under discussion.

The two leaders agreed on an initiative to pressure tech companies to abide by their social responsibility of tackling online extremism and to create "a new legal liability for tech companies if they fail to remove unacceptable content".

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France's Macron offers 'open door' if Britain chooses to stay in EU