France’s Macron to talk Brexit in London and mark de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomes France’s President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO leaders summit in Watford, Britain December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron visits London on Thursday to mark the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s appeal to the French resistance and to discuss Brexit with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Macron, who will be hosted by heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, will mark de Gaulle’s June 18, 1940 “Appel” from BBC headquarters in London for resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during World War Two.

It is Macron’s first trip outside France since a lockdown to control the coronavirus. He and Johnson will discuss the response to the pandemic, including Britain’s quarantine of travellers from abroad, as well as Brexit.

Britain, which left the bloc on Jan. 31, and the European Union say a deal is achievable by the end of the year when a status-quo transition arrangement ends, but talks have been difficult and the prospect of a no-deal outcome remains.

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