French PM says EU-27 not aiming to be tough in Brexit talks

French PM says EU-27 not aiming to be tough in Brexit talks

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said during a visit to Berlin on Friday that lead negotiator Michel Barnier was not being deliberately tough with Britain in Brexit negotiations but simply sticking to a sequencing plan for the talks agreed by the EU-27.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, following the weekly cabinet meeting, September 6, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

BERLIN: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said during a visit to Berlin on Friday that lead negotiator Michel Barnier was not being deliberately tough with Britain in Brexit negotiations but simply sticking to a sequencing plan for the talks agreed by the EU-27.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that the exit is done in an orderly manner," Philippe told an audience after laying out the French government's reform plans in a speech.

"Our aim is not to be tough with the British. What is true is that these are difficult negotiations," Philippe said.

(Reporting by Noah Barkin; Editing by Paul Carrel)

Source: Reuters

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