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France outlines Brexit delay demands as it insists Boris call election or EU referendum

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State Secretary for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said today that France is hoping for a change to the UK Government. This comes after Boris Johnson faced huge backlash in Parliament after his decision to prorogue Parliament was deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court. Last month, Parliament also voted through legislation preventing Mr Johnson taking the UK out of the EU with no deal.

Ms de Montchalin said at a parliamentary hearing: “On the extension, France has said the same thing for more than six months.

“If there are new (British) elections or a new referendum, if there is a political shift leading us to believe we could have a different dialogue from the one we have today, then an extension can be discussed.

“But adding more and more time in the exact same conditions would not give us much hope that something different would happen.”

Mr Johnson has faced further opposition over his new proposals to the withdrawal agreement.

He proposed a possible solution to ensure the border between the British-ruled province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland does not become a backdoor into the EU’s single market and customs union.

But the EU’s executive agreed the British proposals did “not represent a satisfactory solution”, according to the bloc’s top budget official, Guenther Oettinger.

An EU official said: ”Unfortunately, no bold new offer is coming from the EU side at this stage.”

France’s Emmanuel Macron will meet Germany’s Angela Merkel days before the crunch Brexit summit next week which Mr Johnson says is the last chance to secure an orderly departure from the EU.

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The UK got caught up in a public row between with Brussels this week as both sides position for another delay followed by an election or a bitter parting.

After a Downing Street source said a Brexit deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Merkel had made unacceptable demands, the EU accused Johnson of playing a “stupid blame game”.

Mr Macron will meet Merkel at the Elysee Palace this Sunday to discuss European affairs ahead of the October 17 and 18 EU summit, as well as preparations for a Franco-German summit on Oct. 16, Mr Macron’s office said.

EU diplomats are said to be sceptical about the chances of a deal though.

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Most expect Mr Johnson to be forced to accept a delay to Brexit, which could ultimately lead to either a disorderly exit or Brexit being cancelled.

One EU official told Reuters: ”There will be no rabbit-out-of-the-hat solutions.

“There will be more talks and more political contacts.

“But, for the time being, there is no breakthrough to be reported.”

Mr Johnson has repeatedly cast the EU summit next week as the last chance for the EU to strike a deal or face the disruption of a no-deal Brexit that would divide the West, threaten the unity of the United Kingdom and roil financial markets.

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Britain’s Brexit minister Steve Barclay is due to have lunch with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday.

This is “to check if there is any more flexibility on the UK side to head for a deal. For now, there seems to be none,” a diplomat said.

France outlines Brexit delay demands as it insists Boris call election or EU referendum

State Secretary for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said today that France is hoping for a change to the UK Government. This comes after Boris Johnson faced huge backlash in Parliament after his decision to prorogue Parliament was deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court.

State Secretary for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said today that France is hoping for a change to the UK Government. This comes after Boris Johnson faced huge backlash in Parliament after his decision to prorogue Parliament was deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court.

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