French President Emmanuel Macron has told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson there was not enough time in the month ahead to negotiate a new Brexit withdrawal agreement outlining the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Macron was hosting Johnson in Paris on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, a resort town in France’s south.
Johnson arrived in the French capital from Berlin, where German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop within 30 days – a challenge which Johnson readily accepted.
Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on October 31.
Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from Paris.
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