Brexit on agenda as Ministers meet UK’s Jeremy Hunt
United Kingdom – Meetings held by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Nathalie Loiseau with Jeremy Hunt (12 February 2019) – Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)
Paris, 12 February 2019
Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and then Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, received UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt.
The status of discussions on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union was discussed during the two meetings. France, like other members of the European Union, supports the draft withdrawal agreement agreed by the European and British negotiators at the end of 2018. It is now up to the British authorities to clarify their intentions.
The two meetings also provided an opportunity to discuss deadlines and the strengthening of our bilateral cooperation, as part of the follow-up to the decisions taken at the Sandhurst summit (January 2018).
Jean-Yves Le Drian and Jeremy Hunt discussed the major international issues on which France and the United Kingdom work in a coordinated manner, notably at the UN Security Council. With respect to strategic issues, the two ministers expressed their convergence of views in support of the implementation of the JCPOA, in accordance with international agreements and international security; Jean-Yves Le Drian also reaffirmed our commitment to arms control instruments, which contribute to ensuring strategic stability. With respect to the Middle East, the two ministers discussed, among other things, the situation in north-east Syria.
Mme Loiseau also discussed the issues at stake for France’s forthcoming chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. (…)./.