Prime Minister Pays Respect to War Dead in Belgium and France

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has paid respects on behalf of the nation to those who died in Belgium and France during the First World War. She attended ceremonies with Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and Charles Michel, the Belgian Prime Minister, to mark the event. She also laid wreaths at the graves of John Parr and George Ellison, the first and last soldiers to die in the conflict.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“A century ago British forces fought side by side with our allies in Europe on the Western Front. Today in France and Belgium we reflect on our shared history, but also look ahead to our shared future, built on peace, prosperity and friendship.

At St Symphorien I will have the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of a nation at the graves of both John Parr and George Ellison, the first and last UK soldiers to die during the War. That their graves lie opposite each other is a fitting and poignant symbol that brings home the eternal bond between them, and every member of the Armed Forces who gave their lives to protect what we hold so dear.

We remember the heroes who lost their lives in the horror of the trenches. As the sun sets on one hundred years of remembrance, we will never forget their sacrifice”.

Theresa May Speaks with German and French Leaders over Iran Nuclear Deal

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has spoken to Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, by phone regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“The Prime Minister held separate phone calls with the French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday and this morning.

They discussed the importance of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) as the best way of neutralising the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, agreeing that our priority as an international community remained preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

They agreed that there were important elements that the deal does not cover, but which we need to address – including ballistic missiles, what happens when the deal expires, and Iran’s destabilising regional activity.

Acknowledging the importance of retaining the JCPoA, they committed to continue working closely together and with the US on how to tackle the range of challenges that Iran poses – including those issues that a new deal might cover.

They also noted the vital importance of our steel and aluminium industries and their concern about the impact of US tariffs. The leaders pledged to continue to work closely with the rest of the EU and the US Administration with the aim of a permanent exemption from US tariffs.

Finally, they all agreed on the value of continued engagement in the E3 format (Britain, France and Germany) to advance our shared interests and our security”.

Prime Minister Meets German and French Leaders in Brussels

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has met with the German and French leaders in Brussels to discuss the Salisbury Attack which has been attributed to the Russians. The Prime Minister gave further details of the attack to Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, with the three countries agreeing a stance on Russia.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“Prime Minister Theresa May today met with President Macron and Chancellor Merkel on the fringes of the European Council in Brussels. The Prime Minister provided the President and Chancellor with a detailed update on the investigation into the reckless use of a military nerve agent, of a type produced by Russia, on the streets of Salisbury.

She said there had been a positive identification of the chemical used as part of the Novichok group of nerve agents by our world leading scientists at Porton Down. The Prime Minister also outlined our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent; Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations.

The UK, Germany and France reaffirmed that there is no plausible explanation other than that the Russian state was responsible. The leaders agreed on the importance of sending a strong European message in response to Russia’s actions and agreed to remain in close contact in coming days. On Iran, they reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPOA and agreed to hold further discussions in April”.

Prime Minister Speaks to President Macron of France over Salisbury Incident

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has spoken to President Macron of France following the attack in Salisbury which is now being attributed to the Russians. The President joined in the condemnation of the attack and issued his support for the British Government on the matter.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“The Prime Minister spoke to President Macron of France to update him on the latest situation regarding the incident in Salisbury on 4 March. She outlined the conclusion reached by the Government that it was highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

They discussed the wide pattern of aggressive Russian behaviour and agreed that it would be important to continue to act in concert with allies to address it. President Macron condemned the attack and offered his solidarity with the UK. They agreed that the French and British governments should coordinate closely as the investigation developed and following Russia’s response”.

Theresa May Meets EU Council President and French President

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has met today with Donald Tusk, the EU Council President and Emmanuel Macron, the French President. They discussed Brexit and the future relationships between the UK and the EU as well as the UK and France.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

At the Gothenburg Social Summit, Prime Minister Theresa May held a bilateral meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk.

“In positive discussions, the two leaders spoke about the progress which had been made so far in the negotiations on citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and the financial settlement.

Prime Minister May and President Tusk agreed that there is more work to be done and discussed how to take further steps forward together in advance of the European Council in December.

The Prime Minister also held a constructive bilateral meeting with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.

They discussed the progress which has been made so far. The two leaders looked forward to further progress being made ahead of the December Council.

President Macron and the Prime Minister also discussed the strong bilateral relationship which exists between France and the UK and looked forward to building upon it further in coming months and years”.

Prime Minister Speaks to French President Macron by Phone

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has spoken to Emmanuel Macon, the President of France, by phone to discuss numerous issues including the situation in Iran and also the current Brexit negotiations.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“The Prime Minister spoke to President Macron of France this afternoon.

On Iran, they both expressed their firm commitment to the nuclear deal, and discussed President Trump’s decision last week not to recertify it.

They agreed to continue to work closely together to ensure the deal is properly enforced, and to push back on Iran’s destabilising activity in the region, including its ballistic missile programme.

They said they would discuss next steps in the margins of the European Council in Brussels later this week.

On Brexit, they discussed progress in the negotiations and looked ahead to this week’s Council.

They also spoke about the strong UK-France relationship, and agreed to continue building on our bilateral partnership in a range of areas”.

French President Calls on the UK to Clarify their Proposals

Emmanuel Macron, the French President, has called on the British Government to clarify their position following the speech made in Florence by Theresa May, the Prime Minister.

Macron, who is the first European leader to respond to May’s speech, said:

“Before we move forward, we wish to clarify the issue of the regulation of European citizens, the financial terms of the exit and the question of Ireland”.

Macron added that until these three issues were resolved that negotiations on trade would not be able to move forwards. Macron’s comments are expected to put pressure on Theresa May to further outline the Government’s plans for a post-Brexit UK.

French Minister Warns that Border Agreement Could be Scrapped

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Emmanuel Macron, the French Minister of the Economy, has warned in an article for the Financial Times that the current border agreement between the UK and France could collapse if the UK left the European Union.

Macron warned that the Calais camp could be closed with migrants and asylum seekers being allowed to continue their travel to the UK border. Such a move would involve British border police being asked to leave France and could increase the number of migrants reaching the UK.

Macron also said that France would seek to encourage the financial industry to move from the UK if there was a vote to leave the European Union. There was an uncertainty also how the UK could access the single market with Macron saying:

“People deciding to leave the single market will not be able to secure the same terms”.

The French Minister added:

“The refugees crisis shows we can’t be isolated from the world’s geopolitical troubles. It’s true that the handling of this crisis is appalling. But the response can only be a European one, not a national one, with a co-ordinated diplomacy and border controls”.

Peter Bone, from the Grassroots Out Campaign, rejected Macron’s comments saying:

“If asylum seekers start arriving at Dover, we will send them straight back. As an independent nation, outside of the EU, we will control our own borders whether the French government likes it or not”.