PARIS French President Francois Hollande informed British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday that Brexit negotiations will have to 1st offer with how Britain will go away the bloc right before talks could be held on Britain’s future relations with the EU, his office reported.
The outgoing French president informed May in a phone phone that the negotiations will have to be held in a “apparent and constructive manner, so as to carry uncertainties and to completely respect the principles and interests of the 27-member European Union.”
“The President indicated that the talks will have to at 1st be about the terms of withdrawal, dealing specifically with citizens’ rights and obligations resulting from the commitments designed by the United Kingdom,” a statement from Hollande’s Elysee office reported.
“On the foundation of the progress designed, we could open up discussions on the framework of future relations involving the United Kingdom and the European Union,” it reported.
(Reporting by Adrian Croft and Sudip Kar-Gupta Modifying by Richard Balmforth)