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Brussels rules out that Johnson’s meetings with Merkel and Macron can break the unity of the EU to 27

August 21, 2019


The European Commission has rejected on Wednesday the possibility that the bilateral meetings of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in the framework of the G7 meeting threaten to break the unit from the European Union to 27 on Brexit.

“It is normal that there are member states that talk to each other. Beyond that, the EU at 27 has had and still now has a unique and united position on Brexit issues,” said community spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud after being asked if Brussels fears that these meetings may end unanimity in the block.

On his first trip abroad as a leader, Johnson will meet with his European counterparts before the G7 summit to be held from August 24 to 26 in Biarritz, France. According to a source from Downing Street, the British president will inform Merkel and Macron that London will leave the EU on October 31 with or without agreement and insist that the British Parliament will not be able to block this decision.

On this last issue, the European Commission has avoided ruling on Wednesday and has simply stated that it does not comment on the internal democratic procedures of the Member States.

Finally, Brussels has “taken note” of the letter sent by the British Government in which it informs that its diplomats will stop participating in most of the EU meetings and has stressed that the United Kingdom makes clear in the letter its commitment to “the duty of sincere cooperation”.

“We believe that it is in line with the obligations of the United Kingdom as a Member State,” said the spokeswoman for the Community Executive.