On 2 August, Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, hosted a meeting with Dominic Raab, the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
The two ministers welcomed the fluidity and intensity of Franco-British discussions, in particular this week (with Jeremy Hunt’s visit on 31 July and Theresa May’s on 3 August).
The Minister for European Affairs reaffirmed France’s full support for M. Barnier and the outstanding work he is doing in accordance with the mandate which the 27 European Union member states gave him. The Minister stressed the importance of finalizing the withdrawal agreement – on which a great deal of work has been done – as swiftly as possible by implementing the joint commitments made in December, particularly regarding the Irish border.
The Minister expressed the 27’s interest in examining the British White Paper on the future relationship, especially as we would also like a special partnership with the UK, both at economic level and in terms of security. This future partnership will have to respect the integrity of the single market and the conditions for fair competition between British businesses and those of the 27.
Finally, the Minister emphasized the importance we attach to the situation of our compatriots living in the UK.