Political crisis: EU cannot be 'held hostage' to Brexit crisis: Macron

Varadkar travels to France for

Varadkar travels to France for Brexit talks with Macron

"As things stand, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 12 April without a deal".

Varadkar said, however, that the withdrawal agreement itself "cannot be reopened". Ireland's Mr Varadkar told reporters that although Britain was consumed by Brexit, it should not also consume Ireland, France or the EU. Four alternative Brexit options were rejected by MPs in Westminster last night, providing no clarity over the UK's future and conclusion of Brexit.

The European Union can not be held hostage to the political crisis in the United Kingdom for a long time, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday during his joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

He said our economic model is "dependent on us staying a member of the single market and customs union".

The meeting between Mr Macron and Mr Varadkar was billed as an opportunity for them to exchange views on Brexit, and the French leader said: "We will never abandon Ireland and the Irish, whatever happens, because that solidarity is the very meaning of the European project".

He said: "The third rejection of the agreement from the Commons and rejection so far of any alternative paves the way for a no deal exit".

Speaking alongside Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar outside the Elysee Palace in Paris ahead of their meeting, he said: "Let me repeat this - our priority is the good functioning of the European Union and single market".

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But the Irish Prime Minister provided a minor boost to Mrs May, adding there is still time for her to present a credible proposal to Brussels for a further delay to Brexit, but any extension must have a "clear objective and plan".

Mr Macron said that credible justifications for an Article 50 extension for the United Kingdom could include an election, second referendum or alternative proposals for the future relationship, such as a customs union.

He added: "I think we need to be open to any proposals that she may bring forward to us". He described it as the basis for peace between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

He said that his government was now in talks with the European Commission regarding the ways on how to achieve both of these objectives.

Macron has adopted the toughest stance of EU leaders against Britain, reluctant to let the Brexit turmoil drag into the European Parliament election period.

The Irish leader also said that the European Union needed to determine how it would respond to any requests from the United Kingdom for a longer Brexit extension, saying that the bloc wanted to avoid a "rolling extension".

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