Britain cannot simultaneously be “the best ally of the United States, the EU and the new Singapore,” French President Emmanuel Macron said, urging the authorities of the kingdom to decide on foreign policy priorities. The French leader expressed this view to The Guardian newspaper.
He noted that if London decides on a fully transatlantic policy, then the European Union would need clarifications, “because there would be differences in rules and access to markets.
At the same time, the president stressed that trying to be “half pregnant” is an unrealizable concept.
“I’m all for shared ambition and shared destiny. I hope that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sees this way, too, because I think the British see it. We remain allies. History and geography don’t change, so I don’t think the fate of the British people is different from ours,” Macron added.
He also noted that he often becomes a figure unfairly blamed for Britain’s problems with the European Union.
“Whenever there is a problem with the EU, the British like to hate the French – and me – and put the blame on us. I have accepted that role. Sometimes when tensions arise, I ask, “Why me?” Perhaps I am being painted as more important than I am,” Macron joked.
Britain officially left the European Union at midnight on Jan. 31, 2020. The historic UK-EU agreement was reached last December 24 after months of difficult negotiations. Under the terms of the deal, Britain left the EU single market and customs union, but the parties will continue free trade without duties or quotas. The Brexit transition period ended on January 1, 2021.